PA House passes trio of child abuse bills

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 20, 2013 2:33 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Three bills that would update how child abuse investigations are handled in Pennsylvania are getting closer to becoming law.

The state House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bills, which are being considered in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case.

One would establish procedures to report child abuse online, or by email. It would also require those who must report suspected child abuse to inform their supervisor and call the ChildLine hotline.

The second bill would require approval of "indicated" child abuse determinations by county child protective services administrators and the agency's lawyer. The third broadens how school personnel must handle cases of abuse.

All three measures now head to the state Senate.

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