By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Two more child protection bills are heading to Governor Corbett’s desk after final action by the legislature on Wednesday.
On Monday, Governor Corbett signed three bills spurred by the Jerry Sandusky scandal and now two more – dealing with mandated reporting of child abuse – are headed to his desk. Senator Kim Ward, a Westmoreland County Republican, sponsored one of those bills.
“Which clarifies who is a mandated reporter under the Pennsylvania child protective services law.”
The other bill, sponsored by Montgomery County House Republican Todd Stephens, deals mostly with the penalty for failing to report, making it at least a second degree misdemeanor.
“But in some instances, it would actually move all the way up to a felony of the second degree In other words, for repeat offenders, or for those who don’t report serious offenses.”
But Stephens’ bill would also require attorneys affiliated with entities that care for children to report suspected abuse, something he says would have saved two youngsters from Jerry Sandusky.