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Corbett inks post-Sandusky Pa. child-abuse bills

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 18 2013 12:16:24 PM CST
Jerry Sandusky

AP

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania has its first new laws in the Pennsylvania Legislature's wide-ranging response to the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy scandals.

Gov. Tom Corbett made the bills official during a Wednesday signing ceremony at the Pennsylvania Child Resource Center outside Harrisburg.

Lawmakers have approved a half-dozen bills that update nearly 20-year-old state laws on how cases of suspected child abuse are defined, investigated and punished.

About 20 bills are part of the legislative package.

One of the new laws expands the definition of who investigators can consider a potential perpetrator of child abuse.

Another addresses a longstanding complaint of child welfare advocates by lowering the threshold for the kind of injury or pain that is considered child abuse.