Maloney Child Protection Bill Signed Into Law
– Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) today attended a signing ceremony for his House Bill 434 in the governor’s Capitol reception room. The bill, which is now Act 45 of 2014, mandates that school employees report suspected child abuse.

As a member of the House Children and Youth Committee, Maloney authored the Act 45 revisions to state law in response to concerns he has had for years about the different legal standard between school employees 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.

The new law closes the school reporting loophole by applying 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.

“Today’s very public signing ceremony should put would-be predators on notice – our schools will no longer be places where you have free reign,” Maloney said. “I do not intend to rest on this issue. When Pennsylvania is tied for second in the nation where school children experience abuse at the hands of school employees, our laws need to be strengthened. I will continue to push for my other legislation on this issue, House Bill 2063, to be passed by the Senate and signed into law.”

Representative David Maloney
130th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
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