Maloney Child Protection Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk
HARRISBURG – The full House today approved Rep. David Maloney’s (R-Berks) House Bill 434 to mandate school employees report suspected child abuse, which had to come back to the House for a concurrence vote because the Senate made minor tweaks to the legislation prior to passing it in that chamber.

The legislation now moves to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk and awaits his signature.

As a member of the House Children and Youth Committee, Maloney authored the revisions to state law contained in his House Bill 434 from concerns he has had for years about the different legal standard between teachers and other professionals in the requirements to alert police to potential child abuse. He first became aware of this loophole in state law shortly after being elected to the Oley Valley School District Board of Directors in 2005.

“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.”

Maloney’s bill will close the school reporting loophole and apply the same standards for reporting suspected child abuse to school employees as those that exist for other employees of other workplaces. So, when a school employee suspects another school employee of abusing a student, the standard for substantiating abuse, the reporting requirements and procedures, and the investigative response is the same as it is elsewhere.

Representative David Maloney
130th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Charles Lardner
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