HARRISBURG – Legislation to provide greater protections to crime victims in PA has been approved by the state Senate. Senate Bill 708 broadens the time-frame victims’ compensation may be sought and expands critical access to that compensation. It also provides the law enforcement officer responding to or investigating an incident to provide basic information about the rights and services available to crime victims. Beaver County Sen. Camera Bartolotta, the bill’s prime sponsor, says her measure would also ensure victims know their right to be enrolled into the Address Congeniality Program which exempts those who enter the program from providing a public address or phone number when their life may be in danger. It also changes the time a victim can file a claim for compensation from two years to five years. The bill now goes to the PA House.

SEN. CAMERA BARTOLOTTA