protection measures sent to the Governor
December 13, 2013- Hanson Quickel
bills targeting child abuse received final legislative approval this week and
were sent on to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.
Senate Bill 23 updates the
definition of “perpetrator” and expands the definition of “person responsible
for a child’s welfare.”
Senate Bill 28 amends
Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to comprehensively strengthen Pennsylvania's
child abuse laws.
Senate Bill 30 establishes
accountability and due process protections for individuals working with
delinquent children in juvenile detention facilities and residential
Senate Bill 34 establishes a
comprehensive system for professional educators who are investigated and
disciplined for misconduct in Pennsylvania.
Senate Bill 1116 provides for a
multidisciplinary investigative team to be used to coordinate child-abuse
investigations between county agencies and law enforcement.
House Bill 1201 amends the Judicial Code concerning
child victims and witnesses, and reporting by district attorneys.
other bills were approved by the Senate and returned to the House for
House Bill 321 directs the Pennsylvania Commission on
Sentencing provide for a sentencing enhancement for child pornography, based
upon the age of the child victimized, the number of images possessed, and the
nature and character of the abuse.
House Bill 414 requires the court, in a custody
proceeding, to consider factors related to child abuse and involvement with
child protective services.
House Bill 726 amends the definitions of “child
abuse” and related terms in the Child Protective Services Law.
bills are part of a bipartisan package of legislation introduced following the
recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child
Protection, created by the passage of Senate Resolution 250
in December 2011. The panel held a series of public meetings and released its
report in November 2012.