Harrisburg – The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24), approved a series of bills to continue providing sweeping improvements to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws.
The measures were sent to the full Senate for consideration.
“Pennsylvania’s child protection laws are long overdue for review and update. We’ve learned from the work of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection and from hearing testimony what needs to be done, and today is an important step in this critical process,” said Mensch.
The committee approved the following bills:
- HB 433 (Aument) – Amends the Child Protective Services Law to provide for procedural safeguards, notification of results stemming from a child abuse investigation, process of appeal of indicated reports of child abuse, child victims/witnesses, additional review of indicated reports and removal from the child abuse registry.
- HB 436 (Stephens) – Amends the Child Protective Services Law to provide for persons who are required to report suspected child abuse, the basis to report suspected child abuse, privileged communications/exceptions, persons encouraged to report and require the posting of signs and penalties for failure to report suspected child abuse.
- HB 726 (Petri) — Amends the Child Protective Services Law to define “child abuse” and related terms. It also provides guidelines for exceptions from “child abuse”.
The bills are part of a bipartisan package of legislation introduced following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection, created by the passage of Senate Resolution 250 in December 2011. The panel held a series of public meetings and released its report in November 2012.