Montgomery County State Rep. Todd Stephens cites a recent case for support of House Bill 436, which compels anyone working with children to report sex abuse, without having to go through a chain of command. Stephens says, Upper Perkiomen Township Camp Director, Ryan Wexelblatt, was charged with failure to report the sex abuse of a juvenile in early July, after camp counselors told him about the incident.
“I am hopeful, that in the fall, there will be some serious discussion about all the child abuse protection bills. Frankly, I would hope that the statute that I am seeking to enact never gets utilized. If everybody reported suspected child abuse, then no one would be prosecuted for failing to do so and I think our children will be all the better for it.”
Stephens adds, under current laws, Wexelblatt is facing a misdemeanor of the third degree, which is the lowest grade criminal offense above a traffic ticket.
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro says he’s not concerned about legal expenses associated with defending the county’s controversial decision to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
“There will be some kind of oral arguments in late August or early September and we’ll see where it goes. I think this is a matter that I think ultimately will have to be settled by the courts. I look for forward to seeing that resolution.”
Shapiro says, it’s a tough case, but he thinks the county can ultimately win. In July, the county began issuing licenses to same sex couples. The State, which makes no provision for gay marriage, has filed suit against Montgomery County. The County has issued more than 100 same sex marriage licenses.
Could the 2016 Democratic National Convention be coming to Philadelphia. Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro is among Democratic leaders who are trying to lure the convention to the region. Shapiro says, the process is lengthy and competitive.
“Putting together a work group that is going to do some of the early fundraising and make the appeals to the Democratic National Committee. Then out together a staff that is going to be in a position to fill out an RFP and compete with what will presumably be about 5 or 6 cities around the county.”
Shaprio says, the region is capable of providing an ample number of hotel rooms for the convention. The Democratic National Committee is expected to release information by the end of 2014 as to the location of the convention. Shapiro was a guest on the AM-Edition Thursday morning.
Pennsylvania is taking Montgomery County to court over the issuance of same sex marriage licenses. Another elected official has now aired his views on the subject. Pennsylvania Lt. Governor, Jim Cawley says, the law is being ignored.
“The simple truth of the matter is, the law of the land right now, as passed in the mid 1990’s by both houses of the legislature and by the Governor that in this state, marriage is the union between a man and a woman.”
Cawley was a guest Wednesday on Comment Please By Univest.
Cawley adds, the state’s lawsuit against Montgomery County has nothing to do with the morality of gay marriage, but following the law.