Lawmakers Focus on Child Abuse Laws

Some bills to protect children from sexual predators that were developed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal will be the focus of discussion at State Legislature this week.

State Rep. Todd Stephens says, lawmakers have cleared up how the reporting of child sex abuse impacts lawyers.

“What we’ve put in this bill that came out of the Senate on Monday and will come back over to the House this week, is a provision that all of these reporting requirements are subject to the rules of professional conduct for attorneys, which include the attorney/client privilege.”  

Stephens was a guest on the AM Edition Tuesday morning. He hopes to have his bill signed by the governor by the end of this week, which would include a 3rd degree felony charge for failing to report an incident when a child is sexually abused.

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