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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Child Protection and Property Tax Relief/Reform on the House Agenda Next Week

Child Protection and Property Tax Relief/Reform on the House Agenda Next Week

The House returns to session on Tuesday, Oct. 15, to debate and vote on various issues of importance.
Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting

Strengthening Pennsylvania’s child protection laws continues in the House…

Already, 22 House Bills to improve child protection – from the point of suspicion of an abuse to when an investigation is initiated and in progress – have passed the House and await Senate action.

Tuesday, the House will resume its work improving and strengthening Pennsylvania’s child protection laws.

The duty to report a missing child is the purpose of House Bill 494 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Luzerne County). The legislation would require a report be made about a missing child within 24 hours after his or her whereabouts became unknown, but will also require proof that a parent’s silence exhibited a reckless disregard for a risk of harm to a child, or for the child’s health, safety, or welfare under the circumstances.

The mandatory reporting bill is part of a bipartisan package of legislation introduced following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection, which was formed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The task force presented a final report to the General Assembly last year that included a number of recommendations for improving Pennsylvania’s child welfare system.

The House Judiciary and Children and Youth committees held a number of hearings and meetings on the final report of the Task Force on Child Protection. Thanks to the work of the committees, the full House deliberated and passed 22 bills based on the recommendations of the task force aimed at protecting children from abuse.

To read more about, or for the listing of, these child protection bills, please visit

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