House Bill 1454: Expands Definition of Mandatory Reporter and Increases Fines

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House Bill 1454: Expands Definition of Mandatory Reporter and Increases Fines
Sponsors:
Kevin J. Kuros, John P. Fresolo, Bradford Hill, Marc T. Lombardo, Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera, James J. Dwyer, Todd M. Smola, Ryan C. Fattman, Daniel B. Winslow , Joseph DiPietro
Summary:

House Bill 1454 would expand the definition of "mandatory reporter" to include anyone over 18 who witnesses, or witnesses signs of, child abuse. This means that a parent who chooses to address issues of abuse against their child by seeking private services and not getting social services involved could be penalized for failing to file a report. The bill also increases the fines and penalties associated with failing to report.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:
1/22/2013 (House) Introduced and Referred to Judiciary Committee and Senate Concurred
7/9/2013 (Joint) Hearing Scheduled for 7/9/13
3/20/2014 (Senate) Reporting date extended to Monday, June 30, 2014, pending concurrence
4/3/2014 (Senate) Senate Concurred

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