House Bills 316, 434 and Senate Bill 303

Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. in Room 461 MC

HB 316, P.N. 324 (Harhart) – Creates a funding mechanism for children’s advocacy centers (CACs). | Bill and Amendment Summary

Amendment A05997 (Mensch) – Provides funding for CACs and MDITs through grants, funds training programs for mandated reporters and other related costs by increasing the fees to obtain birth certificates from $10-$20. It establishes the Child Advocacy Center Advisory Committee, describes how the additional funding is distributed, it changes the effective date from 90 days to July 1, 2014 and makes a number of other Task Force on Child Protection recommended technical fixes.

HB 434, P.N. 2009 (Maloney) – Amends the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) to eliminate separate standards for school employees with regard to child abuse investigations and background clearances. | Bill and Amendment Summary

Amendment A05958 (Mensch) – This amendment will remove the definition of a child-care service, independent contractor, indicated report for school employee, person responsible for the child’s welfare, student and program, activity or service. It also expands the definition of school to include all grade levels, makes various technical fixes, removes the exceptions for clearances of student teachers, increases penalties for failing to cooperate with a child abuse investigation and changes the effective date to December 31, 2014.

SR 303, P.N. 1788 (Mensch) – A resolution that designates April 2014 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Pennsylvania.

**The measures were sent to the full Senate for consideration on March 12, 2014.**