Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1184
By Senator Book
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to the statute of limitations for
3 sexual offenses; amending s. 95.11, F.S.; extending
4 the statute of limitations period for civil actions
5 for certain offenses; providing applicability;
6 authorizing certain persons to bring causes of action
7 that were previously barred for specified reasons;
8 providing an effective date.
10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
12 Section 1. Subsection (9) of section 95.11, Florida
13 Statutes, is amended to read:
14 95.11 Limitations other than for the recovery of real
15 property.—Actions other than for recovery of real property shall
16 be commenced as follows:
17 (9) SEXUAL
BATTERY OFFENSES ON VICTIMS UN DER AGE 16.—
18 (a) An action related to an act constituting a violation of
19 s. 794.011 involving a victim who was younger than under the age
20 of 16 at the time of the act may be commenced at any time. This
21 paragraph subsection applies to any such action other than one
22 which would have been time barred on or before July 1, 2010.
23 (b)1. Except as provided in paragraph (a), an action
24 related to an act constituting a violation of s. 794.011, s.
25 800.02, s. 800.03, s. 800.09, or s. 800.101 may be commenced at
26 any time. This paragraph applies to any such action other than
27 one which would have been time barred on or before July 1, 2020.
28 2. If a person commences such an action between December
29 31, 2020, and January 1, 2022, he or she may bring a cause of
30 action under subparagraph 1. for a claim that was previously
31 barred by a statute of limitation or by the failure of that
32 person to file a notice of claim or notice of intention to file
33 a claim.
34 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.