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Governor Corbett inks post-Sandusky child abuse bills

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 18, 2013 10:26 AM
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(Mechanicsburg) --  Pennsylvania has its first new laws in the state Legislature's wide-ranging response to the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy scandals.  

Governor Corbett made the bills official during a signing ceremony at the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center in Mechanicsburg

Lawmakers have approved a half-dozen bills that update nearly 20-year-old state laws on how cases of suspected child abuse are defined, investigated and punished.

About 20 bills are part of the legislative package. 

One of the new laws expands the definition of who investigators can consider a potential perpetrator of child abuse. Another addresses a longstanding complaint of child welfare advocates by lowering the threshold for the kind of injury or pain that is considered child abuse.

This story was updated on 12/18/13  at 11:54 a.m.

(Mechanicsburg) -- Governor Corbett is expected to sign the first bills in the state Legislature wide-ranging response to the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy scandals.

Corbett was holding a signing ceremony in Mechanicsburg at the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center.

Lawmakers have approved a half-dozen bills that update nearly 20-year-old state laws on how cases of suspected child abuse are defined, investigated and punished in Pennsylvania.

Roughly 20 bills are part of the legislative package.

One bill that passed would expand the definition of who investigators can consider a potential perpetrator of child abuse. Another bill addresses a longstanding complaint of child welfare advocates by lowering the threshold for the kind of injury or pain that is considered child abuse.

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