speaker is Senator Larry Farnese of Philadelphia, the ranking Democrat on the
Senate Communications & Technology Committee.
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
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.
legislation, which passed the Senate on a vote of 49-0, now goes to the House
of Representatives for consideration.