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.READ MORE: Robert Atkins Charged In 1991 Cold Case Murder Of Joy Hibbs In Bucks County
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.READ MORE: 4 People On Way To Prom Party Injured In West Philadelphia Quadruple Shooting, Police Say
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.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia School District Postpones Plans To Push Back School Start Times