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Even as the legislative session nears its final week, Sen. Jeff Steinborn remains optimistic that a bill to extend the time limits for prosecuting certain child sex crimes may succeed.
A previous version of the bill was vetoed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last year over a clerical flaw that would have given some victims even less time to report the crime than they have under current law.
A financial analysis of the bill states that it would establish a single deadline for prosecuting most cases involving criminal sexual penetration of a minor, replacing the current system where deadlines vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. If enacted, the bill would allow prosecution until the alleged victim turns 30 in most cases.