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Friday, June 6, 2014

Protecting Student Athletes from Sexual Assault and Budget Preparation on the House Agenda Next Week

Protecting Student Athletes from Sexual Assault and Budget Preparation on the House Agenda Next Week

A live web stream of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting

Protecting kids from sexual predators

The House will consider a bill to create a new offense of “sexual assault by a sports official.” House Bill 112 (Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery County) targets sports officials, such as coaches, athletic trainers, team attendants and managers by providing that it is unlawful for these individuals to engage in sexual intercourse, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a child under 18 years of age who is participating in the sports program.

This legislation passed the House unanimously last November. It was amended and passed the Senate 45-1 last week. The House will take up the amended version this week.

Parents entrust their children to the care of coaches and other athletic personnel serving sports teams which are part of recreational leagues and other organizations outside of the school environment. These organizations operate a variety of sports programs for children and include activities such as youth soccer, Little League baseball and volleyball.

Budget Bill Introduced

House Bill 2328 (Rep. Bill Adolph, R- Delaware County) has been introduced and is identical to the current fiscal year’s budget and will serve as the vehicle for the 2014-15 general appropriations bill.

House Bill 2328 does not contain any additional initiatives as the entire budget is being negotiated. It is acknowledged that the line items in the bill do not account for mandatory cost increases in the General Fund budget related to pension obligations, debt service and other requirements. These issues will be addressed in an amendment offered in the near future.

This process ensures budget negotiations can continue, and we can prepare an amendment to House Bill 2328 that will represent the product of negotiations between the House, Senate and the administration.

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Anonymous said...

Isn't sexual assault already illegal? Stop wasting time...

Anonymous said...

Protect our children by keeping these KNOWN predators locked away. They do a little time then are thrust back out into society where they repeatedly create new victims. STOP sending them back out to harm more children. These criminals create too many victims AFTER they've been discovered to be criminal perverts. Throw away the key . Protect our kids!