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Lawmaker Wants Tougher Child Abuse Reporting Law

Montgomery County State Representative Todd Stephens says the penalties for failing to report child abuse are too weak under current Pennsylvania law. He says the Penn State child sex abuse scandal brought it to his attention, and he found that the law is also complicated and confusing.

“Certain people have to report under certain circumstances.  You can report to your supervisor if you’re part of a big institution.  You don’t necessarily have to report it to the police, but your supervisor has to report it.  You know, it’s crazy.  Shortly after this broke I started working on legislation, and I’ve got a ton of co-sponsors, to make everybody a mandatory reporter.  If you see a child being victimized from a crime, I think we have a responsibility to protect children here in society.”

Stephens says he is preparing a bill to expand the statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes and provide stiffer penalties for people who fail to report it, and he hopes to get more ideas at public hearings on his legislation.  He appeared recently on the WNPV talk program Legally Speaking.
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Email Privacy Act Gets Heard In The House Of Representatives A 2-year-old email privacy bill will finally have its day in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. If passed and signed into law, the bill would ensure that government agencies obtain a warrant before any stored electronic communications are exchanged, such as email, text, and/or video.
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Climate Action Means Industry, Government And People Thomas Paine wrote that government is inherently punitive, a necessary evil consequent to the "inability of moral virtue to govern the world." That comes to mind this week, as the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) meets in Paris. The…
WNPV AM 1440 While you’re making your list and checking it twice, make sure you include your local independent business owners! Recent studies have shown that as much as $75 of every $100 you spend at a locally owned business stays in your area versus just $40 from those chain stores in the mall and $0 ... that’s right ZERO ...when you buy online! More money staying local means more funding for the schools, hospitals, roads, and more that you, your friends, family and co-workers depend on ... without raising taxes! So, as you make up your gift lists, make a commitment to “SHOP LOCALLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS” and visit such businesses as Abram W. Bergey and Sons Flooring, 311 Main Street, Harleysville ... Towamencin Beverage and CJ’s Doghouse, Sumneytown Pike at the Green Lane Road traffic light in Kulpsville ... Henning’s Trains, 128 South Line Street in Lansdale ... Koehler’s Jewelers on the corner of Main and Broad Streets in Lansdale ... The Woodburners in the Hatfield Train Station ... and Bustard’s Christmas Trees in Worcester Township and in Vernfield. This season, remember to “SHOP LOCALLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS!”
WNPV AM 1440 Last-minute change to today's "Legally Speaking" show ... open phones with Bill Moore and Liam Duffy of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg, and Gifford. Call now with your legal questions ... 215-855-8211.
WNPV AM 1440 You may have seen EMQ playing in the concert series in Lansdale Plaza this year. If you have a chance to listen to a fun interview in our archives, choose this one with Eric Mintel and visit to see an exhaustive list of December shows from Doylestown to Lansdale, Phoenixville to Allentown and all throughout the New England states! Don't miss them live at Penndale Middle School on Dec 21st. Listen==>

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