Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sign Berks lawmaker's child abuse bill

Law will require school employees to report suspected child abuse

Gov. expected to sign child abuse bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania lawmakers are sending the governor a bill designed to improve reporting by school employees of suspected child abuse.

The House voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the measure that the prime sponsor said puts school workers under the same reporting requirements as people employed in other types of work environments.

Gov. Tom Corbett's office said he plans to sign it.

The sponsor, Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks County, said he became aware that the standards were different while serving as a member of the Oley Valley School Board.

"When I was elected to the House, I made a pledge to myself to change this law," Maloney said. "Schools are a place where kids should automatically be safe. Parents should never fear dropping their kids off at the school or an athletic event."

The bill requires school workers to immediately notify the person in charge of their institution and to call the ChildLine abuse hotline.

It's among a set of measures being enacted in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

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