Senate and House Panels Advance Maloney Bill Package to Keep Predators Out of Our Schools
HARRISBURG – The House Children and Youth Committee today approved Rep. David Maloney’s (R-Berks) House Bill 2063, which would prevent a practice known as “passing the trash.” And last week, the state Senate Aging and Youth Committee Wednesday voted unanimously to send Maloney’s House Bill 434 to mandate school employees report suspected child abuse to the full Senate for action.

House Bill 434 would 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

Stopping predators from using our schools has been a priority for Maloney since he learned of this practice serving on a local school board in Berks County. He witnessed school board members several times accept resignations that raised his suspicions because no information was given as to why the resignations were taking place, even during executive sessions.

Maloney did notify the district attorney of these types of activities.

“I personally witnessed these types of resignations, commonly known as ‘passing the trash,’ when I served as a school director,” Maloney said. “I strongly objected to the procedures that allowed these resignations to occur and made fixing these problems one of my priorities when I was elected to the House.”

In February, Maloney introduced House Bill 2063, the second part of his effort to eradicate sexual predators from schools.

House Bill 2063 will require public and private schools in Pennsylvania and their independent contractors to conduct a thorough employment history review prior to offering employment to any applicant for a position involving direct contact with children.

“When a school employee abuses a student or engages in sexual misconduct with a student, or is alleged to have done so, current law is insufficient to prevent that employee from quietly resigning and moving on to another school, where the abusive conduct may continue,” Maloney said.
“Under my legislation, each applicant must provide detailed background information in order to be considered, and previous employers must provide a school entity with all requested background information regarding a former employee.”

The bill will apply to all public schools, private schools, nonpublic schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools in the Commonwealth.

Representative David Maloney
130th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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