HARRISBURG (AP) – Victims of child sexual abuse might have to wait two years or more to pursue legal claims because of a major bureaucratic bungle that prompted angry denunciations across the political spectrum and the resignation of PA Department of State Secretary Kathy Boockvar. The Wolf Administration disclosed that a proposed state constitutional amendment allowing lawsuits over decades old claims was not advertised as required and so cannot appear on the ballot this spring. As a result, no statewide referendum to add it to the state Constitution may be possible before 2023. The Department of State called it “simple human error” and Gov. Tom Wolf apologized for the mistake.

KATHY BOOCKVAR