Governor Corbett Signs Additional Child Protection Bills

- Governor Tom Corbett today signed into
law three critical bills that make significant
improvements to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws –
Senate Bill 24, House Bill 89 and House Bill 316.

“The bills I am signing into law today are another step
forward in the fight to end child abuse.” Corbett said.
“Today, Pennsylvania says, ‘no more’ to child abuse.”

The new laws provide the following protections:

• Creates a statewide database and allows for electronic
reporting to facilitate mandatory reporting of child
abuse.(SB 24)
• Terminates the DARE Fund, supported by the sale of
DARE license plates, and directs any further balance
of that account be appropriated to the PA
Commission on Crime and Delinquency to award
grants to Children's Advocacy Centers during FY
2013-14.(HB 89)
• Establishes the Child Advocacy Center Advisory
Committee that will approve and distribute grants
to child advocacy centers (CACs) and
multidisciplinary investigative teams (MDITs). (HB

“Today we send a strong message to all, that children in Pennsylvania will be protected, and that protection is
everyone's responsibility,” said Public Welfare Secretary
Beverly Mackereth.

The Governor was joined by Rep. Marsico (R-Dauphin),
Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny and Butler) and
Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh and Northampton), prime
sponsors of HB 89, SB 24 and HB 316 respectively.

For more information on Department of Public Welfare
services and benefit programs for children, visit

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