PA Senate sends five child-abuse bills to Governor Corbett

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 11, 2013 4:08 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The first bills in the legislature's wide-ranging response to the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy scandals are headed to Governor Corbett.

The state Senate unanimously approved five bills today.

Democratic Senator LeAnna Washington of Philadelphia, a survivor of child abuse, says the move will ensure that every case of suspected child abuse is properly investigated, abusers are brought to justice and families and victims are helped.

Roughly 20 bills are part of the legislative package. One that's passed would expand the definition of who investigators can consider a potential perpetrator of child abuse.

One key measure that's pending in the House would address 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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