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Child Protection Bill Establishing a Statewide Database Passes State Senate
October 18, 2013
HARRISBURG- The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a child protection bill that would require the Department of Public Welfare to establish a secure, statewide database to include child abuse reports and children in need of protective services.

Our speaker is Senator Larry Farnese of Philadelphia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Communications & Technology Committee.

Senate Bill 24 would require the Department of Public Welfare to establish a secure, statewide database to include reports of child abuse and children in need of protective services.

The database will act as a clearing house, allowing various agencies to more easily provide and share information. The agencies will be able to more easily access information that may be currently missed when reviewing reports of suspected abuses cases. Senator Farnese says this will benefit law enforcement and social agencies and, especially, the children at risk for abuse.

The legislation, which passed the Senate on a vote of 49-0, now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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