Former Olympic and U.S. national team gymnasts have testified in Texas about a bill that seeks to expand the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse victims after lawmakers tried to remove a key provision.

The women’s testimony on Monday comes after lawmakers quietly removed a key provision allowing victims to sue institutions in civil court.

Republican Rep. Craig Goldman declined to say which groups lobbied for the change.

Former gymnasts Jordan Schwikert, left, Amy Baumann, center, and Tasha Schwikert, right, take part in a hearing about the statute of limitations child sex abuse victims have to sue their abusers, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Former gymnasts Jordan Schwikert, left, Amy Baumann, center, and Tasha Schwikert, right, take part in a hearing about the statute of limitations child sex abuse victims have to sue their abusers, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The former USA Gymnastics team members mobilized to support a new version of the bill at a public hearing.

The revised Senate version would allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to bring a civil lawsuit against their abuser and institutions up to 30 years after their 18th birthday.

Former Olympic Gold medalist Tasha Schwikert says lawmakers cannot allow institutions to escape responsibility.

Texas state Sen. Kirk Watson, center, listens to testimony during a hearing about the statute of limitations child sex abuse victims have to sue their abusers, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas state Sen. Kirk Watson, center, listens to testimony during a hearing about the statute of limitations child sex abuse victims have to sue their abusers, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Tasha Schwikert, second from left, with other former gymnasts Amy Baumann, center, and Jordan Schwikert, second from right, and Texas state Sen. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Tasha Schwikert, second from left, with other former gymnasts Amy Baumann, center, and Jordan Schwikert, second from right, and Texas state Sen. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Former gymnast Amy Baumann, center, listens to former gymnast Tasha Schwikert during a news conference after they game testimony during a hearing about the statute of limitations child sex abuse victims have to sue their abusers, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Former gymnast Amy Baumann, center, listens to former gymnast Tasha Schwikert during a news conference after they game testimony during a hearing about the statute of limitations child sex abuse victims have to sue their abusers, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Former gymnasts, from left, Tasha Schwikert, Amy Baumann, and Jordan Schwikert listen Texas state Sen. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Former gymnasts, from left, Tasha Schwikert, Amy Baumann, and Jordan Schwikert listen Texas state Sen. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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