From the Morning Memo:

For years, as the state Legislature attempted to pass the Child Victims Act, many opponents pointed to the potential financial implications, not just for institutions like the Boy Scouts or the Catholic Church but New York in general.

When lawmakers finally passed the bill in January they listed the fiscal impact as “to be determined.” They are likely about to get a much better idea of exactly what that impact is with a one-year lookback window for civil lawsuits opening today.

Litigation that otherwise would have fallen outside the statute of limitations will be coming en masse.

“First and foremost, sometimes there’s a price on justice and I think bringing justice to these victims is the thing we should think about the most,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said.

Asked about how much it will cost taxpayers, the speaker said he would need to check with the Ways and Means Committee. Ultimately, it may be difficult to predict a hard number.

Attorneys across the state have indicated their plans to sue various school districts over the next weeks and months. Other organizations, like the church, provide things like health and refugee services that the state may need to pick up if they’re severely injured by the suits.

“If there’s a cost on the school districts or the state or whoever was responsible for these terrible acts against young people, that’s just a price of justice and that should be paid,” Heastie said.

He also didn’t have an immediate answer for how much this will cost the court system which is preparing for potentially thousands of new cases.