December 3, 2003

Proposed Legislation Would Make It A Crime To Falsely Report Child Abuse

Many homeschoolers are routinely subjected to social worker investigations based on completely false allegations. Unfortunately, the majority of false tipsters face either no or insignificant consequences for the serious emotional trauma imposed on the families they harass. We now have a rare opportunity to help push through a bill that will curtail the rash of false tips phoned into child abuse hotlines.

House Bill 2902, sponsored by Representative Pihos, the "Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act" has passed the House and is presently making its way through the Senate.

H.B. 2902 amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and the Criminal Code of 1961. It provides that a person is guilty of a Class 4 felony if he or she knowingly transmits a false report of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Child and Family Services.

"Any person who knowingly transmits a false report to the Department commits the offense of disorderly conduct under subsection (a)(7) of Section 26 1 of the 'Criminal Code of 1961.'

"Any person who violates this provision a second or subsequent time shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony."

HSLDA sent out an e-lert on April 22 encouraging members to call their legislators and express their support for the bill.