2013-12-19 / Local & State

Lawmakers Send Five Child-abuse Bills To Corbett

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The first bills in the Pennsylvania’s Legislature wideranging response to the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy scandals are headed to Gov. Tom Corbett.

The state Senate unanimously approved five bills Wednesday.

Sen. LeAnna Washington of Philadelphia, a survivor of child abuse, says passing the bills will ensure that every case of suspected child abuse is properly investigated, abusers are brought to justice and families and victims are helped.

Roughly 20 bills are part of the legislative package. One bill that passed would expand the definition of who investigators can consider a potential perpetrator of child abuse.

One key bill that’s pending in the House would address a longstanding complaint of child welfare advocates by lowering the threshold for the kind of injury or pain that is considered child abuse.

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