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Reporting Child Abuse

Among other business, this week the House took up two bills stemming from the recommendations of the Grand Jury report on child sexual abuse.

The first of these bills, House Bill 1051, would raise to a felony any failure of a mandated reporter to report child abuse of which the reporter has “reasonable cause to believe” is occurring. The bill also effectively eliminates the statute of limitations for the prosecution of mandated reporters. I strongly opposed this legislation. Almost everyone who works with youth today, including volunteers such as coaches and Scout leaders, are mandated reporters. It would be nearly impossible to defend yourself against prosecution years later. How could you possibly remember the details of events 20, 40, even 60 years in the future? These are my remarks on the bill from the floor of the House.

The other bill, House Bill 1171, requires disclaimers in confidentiality agreements signed when there is a civil settlement in an alleged child sexual abuse case. The disclaimer will make clear that settlement agreements do not prohibit anyone from reporting sexual abuse to law enforcement. I voted in favor of this legislation. It does not actually change the law, but the disclaimer will prevent victims from being confused about what they can report to police.
Reminder: Upcoming Event

Join me Thursday, April 25, in Quincy Village’s Hess Room to learn about protecting yourself from scams perpetrated via phone, email and mail as well as those committed by fraudsters in person.

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General will present information during this town hall.

The meeting starts at 2 p.m. in the Hess Room at 1000 Wesley Drive in Quincy Village north of Waynesboro.
PennDOT’s Schedule for April 22 to 26
  • Shoulder work on Path Valley Road in Fannett and Metal townships.
  • Drain cleaning on Route 16 (Buchanan Trail West) in Montgomery Township.
  • Crack sealing on Route 316 (Wayne Highway) in Washington and Quincy townships.
  • Patching on Golf Course Road in Greene Township.
  • Patching on Rocky Mountain Road in Greene and Guilford townships.
  • Pipe replacement on Corner Road in Peters Township.
Pension Forfeiture for Sex Offenses

Working to ensure public officials and employees are held fully accountable for their actions, the House approved legislation this week that would force them to forfeit their taxpayer-funded pensions if they are convicted of committing a sexual offense.

The bill builds on Act 1 of 2019, which requires any public official who is convicted of a felony to forfeit his or her pension.

Under House Bill 991, public employees and officials – including elected officials – would lose their pension if convicted of offenses such as indecent assault, indecent exposure or unlawful dissemination of an intimate image (commonly referred to as revenge porn).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
April is ‘Donate Life Month’

April 2019 is “Donate Life Month” in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, about 8,000 people are on the organ donation waiting list and, on average, every 18 hours one of them will die waiting for the call that never comes.

The encouraging news is that more people are making the decision to “donate life.” About 4.7 million Pennsylvanians have said yes to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation on their driver’s license. More than 138 million Americans are registered donors.

In addition, Pennsylvania driver’s license and ID card holders can support organ donation programs with a voluntary donation of $3 at the time of application or renewal. To date, nearly $14 million has been generously donated to the fund.

More information is available at
Happy Easter and Happy Passover

I want to wish everyone celebrating Easter this Sunday peace, love and to have a blessed and holy Easter. I also want to wish everyone observing the Passover Seder at sundown this Friday the blessings of health and peace Passover you and yours this season.
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