SACRAMENTO -- The California State Assembly has approved legislation that would open a one-year window for some victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue private or nonprofit organizations.

The bill from Democratic Senator Jim Beall of San Jose is similar to a 2002 measure passed amid the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandals.

SB 131 would lift the statute of limitations for a group of alleged victims who were 26 and older and missed the previous window to sue their abuser's employer.

Opponents, including Catholic Church leaders, say the bill is unfair because it does not include public institutions.