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MD State Senator Considering Child Abuse Legislation

November 15th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

In the wake of the Penn State football scandal, a Maryland state senator is considering legislation to toughen the state’s penalties against adults who fail to report suspected child abuse. Senator Nancy Jacobs, Harford Republican, says she might sponsor a bill in next year’s General Assembly that would install harsher penalties against adults who are required by law to report suspected child abuse but fail to do so. Current state law requires Maryland educators, health practitioners, human-service workers and police officers to report suspected child abuse to police or a local social-services department. Violators face a fine, but Jacobs said she wants them to instead face criminal charges…

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