COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) today announced the House passage of the “Scouts Honor Law.” House Bill (HB) 35 will enable Ohio-based claimants against the bankruptcy estate of the Boy Scouts of America to recover 100% of their settlement, as opposed to the 30 to 45% share that they are slated to get if the Ohio statute of limitations on civil claims for such damages is not extended.
“As a survivor myself, I am thrilled that the legislature has prioritized this critical legislation in the beginning months of this General Assembly,” said Rep. Miranda. “The ‘Scout’s Honor Law’ ensures that Ohioans receive the compensation and justice they deserve from the national bankruptcy settlement. This is a necessary and timely win for these survivors, but more work needs to be done. All sexual violence survivors, no matter the case, or how much time has passed, deserve justice. ”
HB 35 was initially introduced as HB 709 during the last General Assembly, but later died in the Senate. This bill will abolish the civil statute of limitations for damages for victims of child sexual abuse in the event of bankruptcy settlements.
The “Scout’s Honor Law” is joint-sponsored by Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) and heads to the Senate.