A bill has been introduced in the Colorado Senate, Senate Bill 19-049, which would extend the statute of limitations, or time limit, Colorado prosecutors have to prosecute mandatory reporters for their failure to report child abuse that comes to their attention. Under Colorado law, teachers, counselors, administrators, and others who work with children are required to report child abuse.
In support of the legislation, legislators and experts said that too often, they find mandatory reporters delay reporting for various reasons, like taking the time to do their own investigations; not believing the child; or trying to find evidence to support a child's report of abuse. Several senators said the current 18-month time limit places children at greater risk of abuse.
Prosecutors who testified in support of the bill cited several examples in which child abuse had not been reported in a timely way, and prosecutors either could not prosecute or had to dismiss cases already filed because of the short, current 18-month time limit had expired. Saja Hindi "Colorado bill would extend statute of limitations on failure to report child abuse to three years" denverpost.com (Feb. 06, 2019).