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Gov. Corbett Signs Measure Creating Pa. Database of Child Abuse Cases

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Governor Tom Corbett has signed into law three bills aimed at improving Pennsylvania’s laws protecting children from abuse.

In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, lawmakers created a panel to recommend legislation to better protect children.  Some of those recommended bills have already been enacted, others are still working their way through the General Assembly.

One of the three bills signed today by Gov. Corbett establishes a statewide database that will help various agencies provide and share information about child abuse cases.

That bill was sponsored by state senator Randy Vulakovich, who spent 27 years in law enforcement.

“I can tell you there were so many gaps [in] communication between all the different agencies when cases like this would come up,” he noted.  “Sometimes you wouldn’t even know when a case was over. You wouldn’t know if it was founded [or] unfounded.”

The governor also signed bills to provide funding for child advocacy centers in Pennsylvania.

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