- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California State Senate is advancing a bill to eliminate the state’s 10-year statute of limitations on rape and child molestation charges.

The legislation approved Wednesday was driven in part by prosecutors’ difficulty in pursuing sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby.

Earlier this year, several of Cosby’s accusers told a Senate committee that they were unable to bring charges because they didn’t come forward years ago.

Cosby has consistently denied sexual abuse allegations made by dozens of women around the country. Some of the claims date to the 1960s.

The bill was opposed by civil rights groups and public defenders, who say it won’t resolve the under-prosecution of sex crimes.

Senators approved SB813 by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino in a 32-0 vote. It goes next to the Assembly.

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