As of today, approximately 301 bills have been introduced between 2012-2014. Approximately 48 of those have been enacted while 87 are still pending. These bills address issues related to expanding who is considered a mandatory reporter, what offenses are considered abuse and neglect for purposes of mandatory reporting and training programs for mandatory reporters or for identifying child abuse and neglect.
In addition to NCSL's frequently updated legislation below, the Children's Bureau recently released a Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect Report including a list of 50-state statutes, updated as of November 2013. The report states that all 50 states and territories have some mandatory reporting law. Approximately 48 states require members of certain professions to report, while about 18 states require any person who suspects child abuse or neglect to report. Other issues discussed in the report are institutional responsibility to report, standards for making a report, privileged communications, inclusion of reporter's name in the report and disclosure of reporter identity.
Click here for NCSL’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting State Statute Overview.
Below is a chart of all legislation from 2012-2014 dealing with mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.Use the search feature to look up bills by state, year, disposition, or keyword.