Child-abuse reforms move forward in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 10, 2013 6:08 PM

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(Harrisburg) --The state House has advanced several pieces of a child-abuse reform package stemming from the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy scandals.

Lawmaker have given final approval to measures that would expand the definition of ``perpetrator'' and toughen penalties for assaults against children under certain circumstances.

Those bills now move to the Senate, which is expected to send them on to Governor Corbett.

The legislation is part of a multi-bill package that's been in the works since shortly after Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator and founder of the Second Mile charity, was arrested in late 2011.

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