By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX — A bid by House Speaker Rusty Bowers to break the GOP gridlock over the state budget has been rejected out of hand by the Phoenix Republican it’s supposed to satisfy.

Bowers, R-Chandler, is proposing to give victims of sexual assault and abuse when they were minors until age 30 to file civil suits against their assailants. That’s five more years than they have now under what is one of the shortest statutes of limitation in the country for victims of these types of crime.

But Sen. Paul Boyer, who said Bowers has not bothered to contact him, said that won’t cut it. He’s holding out for a law that would give victims seven years to file suit from the time they report the incident to a medical or mental health professional. Anything less, Boyer said, is largely meaningless.

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