Child Protection Bills Head To Governor Corbett’s Desk
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By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG (CBS) — The first bills in a package of child protection measures stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal are on their way to Governor Corbett’s desk.
A total of five bills were passed by the state Senate and sent to the governor Wednesday and more are in the pipeline.
One of those given final approval was sponsored by Senator LeAnna Washington, a Philadelphia Democrat.
“As a survivor of child abuse, I don’t care whether my name is on any of these bills. I just want to get this done so that no child will ever have to go through what I went through in my younger years,” Washington says.
Washington’s measure would streamline and improve the investigation of suspected child abuse.
Other measures sent to the governor include those that would broaden the definition of a child abuser and provide protection from intimidation or retaliation in child abuse cases.
The child abuse legislation is largely the product of a task force empaneled in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal.