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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signs 4 more child-abuse prevention bills

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 15 2014 02:45:06 PM CDT
Corbett signs child protection bills
AMBLER, Pa. -

Four more bills spurred by the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals are now law in Pennsylvania.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bills Tuesday during a visit to the Ambler Area YMCA in Montgomery County.

The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, which trains people to recognize and report suspected child abuse, said the bills contain provisions that are critical to improving how abuse is reported to authorities.

The bills expand the list of people who are required to tell authorities about their suspicion of abuse and increase the penalties for failing to report it.

"We can stop future acts of abuse," Corbett said. "Today, we all stand together to say 'no' to crimes against our children."

The bills stemmed from recommendations produced 13 months ago by a panel of experts created by Corbett and lawmakers.

Corbett has already signed at least a dozen bills that were part of the state's first broad update to child abuse laws in nearly two decades.