SENATE BILL 126
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
Katy M. Duhigg and Siah Correa Hemphill and Meredith A. Dixon
RELATING TO LIMITATIONS OF ACTIONS; ELIMINATING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR ACTIONS FOR DAMAGES DUE TO CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE; APPLYING THE ELIMINATION OF THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR ACTIONS FOR DAMAGES DUE TO CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE RETROACTIVELY.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 37-1-30 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1993, Chapter 136, Section 1, as amended) is amended to read:
"37-1-30. ACTION FOR DAMAGES DUE TO CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE--LIMITATION ON ACTIONS.--
A. An action for damages based on personal injury caused by childhood sexual abuse [shall be commenced by a person before the latest of the following dates:
(1) the first instant of the person's twenty-fourth birthday; or
(2) three years from the date that a person first disclosed the person's childhood sexual abuse to a licensed medical or mental health care provider in the context of receiving health care from the provider] may be commenced at any time.
B. As used in this section, "childhood sexual abuse" means conduct that, if prosecuted in a criminal matter, would constitute a violation of:
(1) Section 30-9-11 NMSA 1978, regarding criminal sexual penetration of a minor;
(2) Section 30-9-13 NMSA 1978, regarding criminal sexual contact of a minor; or
(3) the Sexual Exploitation of Children Act.
C. The provisions of Section 37-1-8 NMSA 1978 and any statutes of limitation therein shall not apply to causes of action for childhood sexual abuse.
D. This section is retroactive and applies to all actions not currently pending based upon childhood sexual abuse regardless of the date of the childhood sexual abuse and regardless of whether any statute of limitations on such actions expired prior to the effective date of this 2023 act."
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