Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on Tuesday signed Assembly Bill 212 into law, extending the statute of limitations on reporting rape and sexual assault from four to 20 years.


Democratic Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams sponsored the bill saying it's necessary because a large percentage of women don't immediately report sexual assault, and that removing restrictions on the reporting process can help catch perpetrators.


The old law limited reporting on sexual assault cases to a four-year window before cases can no longer be filed. The new state law removes that restriction and brings sexual assault in line with murder and terrorism as crimes without a statute of limitations.


Today's signing only impacts future rape and sexual assault cases; charges can't be made retroactive because of constitutional reasons. 


Adams says similar legislation was brought forward in 1997 but was never approved.