CARSON CITY — The Nevada Senate gave final legislative approval Sunday to a bill extending the statute of limitations for sexual assault cases from four to 20 years.
Senators voted 21-0 to approve Assembly Bill 212, which received unanimous support in the Assembly too. The measure goes to Gov. Brian Sandoval, who is expected to sign it
Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams, D-Las Vegas, sponsored the bill on behalf of a constituent, Lise-Lotte Lublin, who alleged that comedian and entertainer Bill Cosby drugged her in 1989 at a suite at the Las Vegas Hilton.
When she filed a complaint with Las Vegas police against Cosby in 2014, she was told a criminal case could not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations had expired long ago.
An original version of the bill sought to eliminate any time constraint to bring such a case, but it was amended in the Assembly Judiciary Committee to impose the 20-year limit.
Lublin came forward with her allegations in February in a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred, who also testified for the bill, as did Lublin’s husband, Benjamin Lublin.
“I will never see justice,” she said during committee testimony. “And I didn’t do anything wrong. If I had had an idea of what had happened, I would have filed a report 25 years ago.”
About 20 women have alleged Cosby assaulted them over the years, allegations that he and his attorney deny.
Law enforcement officials supported the bill, as did groups such as the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence and the Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas.