Child Protection Bill Passes in State House and Senate

State Rep Todd Stephens says, House Bill 436, which passed in the house and senate, fulfills the recommendations of the Task Force on Child Protection.

The process to develop the bill was carried out over a period of one year.

“To increase the penalties on mandated reporters to who fail to report suspected child abuse and it also adds attorneys to the list or mandated reporters who must report suspected child abuse.”

Stephens says lawyers that work for an company or institution and know that a child is being abused on the property or by someone at the organization, they must report it, but if they’re representing a person accused of child abuse, the attorney/client privilege stands. 

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