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Redirect-Mandatory Rprtg of Child Abuse and Neglect 2013

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect 2013 Introduced State Legislation

9/23/2014

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.

STATE

BILL

BILL SUMMARY

DISPOSITION

Alabama

2013 HB 3

Requires all persons to report suspected child abuse or neglect to a law enforcement official or the Department of Human Resources. Persons reporting suspected child abuse or neglect would be immune from criminal and civil liability for reports made in good faith. This bill would require individuals holding a professional license or certification who provide services to children to complete annual training on child abuse and neglect mandatory reporting requirements. This bill also would provide that it is a Class C misdemeanor for a person to make a false report of child abuse or neglect or to coerce another to make a false report.

Failed

Alabama

2013 HB 301

Adds physical therapists and employees of public and private institutions of postsecondary and higher education as persons required to report; clarifies that both public and private school employees, teachers and officials are required to report.

Enacted

Alabama

2013 SB 304

Adds physical therapists and employees of public and private institutions of postsecondary and higher education as persons required to report; clarifies that both public and private school employees, teachers, and officials are required to report.

Failed

Alabama 2012 HB 524 Determines that a parent’s disability is not a consideration for reporting child abuse or neglect. Failed
Alabama 2012 HB 604 Establishes that individuals mandated to report child abuse under the mandatory child abuse reporting provisions shall directly report to a duly constituted authority. Failed
Alabama 2012 HB 676 Requires all persons to report child abuse and neglect if the person has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is being abused or neglected. Failed

Arizona

2013 SB 1291

Specifies a report is not required to be submitted by a mandatory reporter if all of the following apply: a) the minor is of elementary school age, b) the physical injury occurs in the course of typical playground activity during a school day on the premises of the school the minor attends, and  c) the physical injury is reported to the legal guardian of the minor.

Enacted

Arizona

2013 SB 1468           

Exempts from the requirement for mandatory reporting if a minor is of elementary school age, and the physical injury occurs in the course of typical playground activity and the physical injury is reported to the legal parent or guardian of the minor.

Failed

Arizona

2014 HB 2626

Adds "causing or benefiting from child prostitution" to the definition of abuse for which mandatory reporters have a duty to report.

Failed

Arizona

2014 SB 1256

Defines "reportable offense" to include photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recoding or viewing a minor, child prostitution, and incest. Includes abandonment in the list of offenses for which mandatory reporters must report.

Failed

Arkansas

2013 HB 1262

Provides for mandated reporter training In the 2013-2014 school year and every fourth school year thereafter.

Enacted

Arkansas

2013 HB 1447

Adds reproductive healthcare facility employees and volunteers to mandated reporters.

Enacted

Arkansas

2013 HB 1451

Requires mandatory reporters to, within ten days after calling the hotline, to report in writing each instance of alleged or suspected abuse, sexual abuse, or sexual crimes against a child to the appropriate law enforcement or designated state agencies.

Failed

Arkansas

2013 SB 829

Specifies public or private school counselors and higher education officials are mandatory reporters. Adds mental health paraprofessionals to the list of mandatory reporters.

Enacted

California 2012 AB 1434 Adds employees of a public or private institution of higher education, as to child abuse or neglect occurring on that institution’s premises, to the list of individuals who are mandated reporters. Enacted
California 2012 AB 1435 Adds athletic coach, administrator, or director of a public or private organization to the list of individuals who are mandated reporters under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act. Enacted
California 2012 AB 1438 Requires any person who has knowledge of or observes a child whom he or she knows or reasonably suspects has been a victim of sexual abuse to report the known or suspected instance of sexual abuse to a peace officer. Determines that the failure to report an incident of known or reasonably suspected sexual abuse is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail or a fine or both. Failed
California 2012 AB 1564 Includes volunteers of public or private organizations whose duties require direct contact with and supervision of children in the list of individuals who are mandated reporters. The bill would also require employers to provide training in child abuse and neglect identification and reporting to their employees and volunteers who are mandated reporters. Requires the Franchise Tax Board to revoke the exemption of an organization if a person who is a mandated reporter has been found guilty of failure to report an incident of known or reasonably suspected child sexual abuse. Failed
California 2012 AB 1628 Requires any private entity conducting business in the state that has employees, members, agents, licensees, or representatives who are either mandated reporters or whose duties involve close interaction with children on a regular basis to designate an employee to receive complaints of suspected child abuse, and to implement an internal procedure for employees, members, agencies, licensees, or representatives of the private entity to report any incident of suspected child abuse to the designated employee. Specifies that the private entity is prohibited from sanctioning a person for making a report. Failed
California 2012 AB 1713 Expands the list of mandated reporters of child sexual abuse to commercial film and photographic print or image processors, that includes any person who prepares or prints any representation of information, data, or an image, including, but not limited to, any film, photograph, negative, photocopy, videotape, computer software or computer-generated image. Enacted
California 2012 AB 1817 Expands the list of persons identified as mandated reporters of child abuse to include commercial computer technicians. Requires a report to be made when such individuals have knowledge of or observe a child being subject to or involved in an act of sexual conduct. Enacted
California 2012 SB 1137 Requires the electronic registration form filed by the operator of a heritage school to include an acknowledgment that the director of a heritage school and all employees will be mandated reporters under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act. Enacted
California 2012 SB 1264 Includes in the list of individuals who are mandated reporters, under the Child Abuse Neglect and Reporting Act, any athletic coach, including an assistant coach or a graduate assistant involved in coaching at a public or private postsecondary institution. Increases the penalty for failure to report an incident to up to 12 months in a county jail, a fine of $5,000, or both. The bill would increase the penalty for a supervisor or administrator who impedes or inhibits an individual's reporting duties to not more than 12 months in a county jail, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. The bill would also require that any mandated reporter convicted of willfully failing to report abuse or neglect, or any person who impedes or inhibits a report of abuse or neglect, in violation of reporting requirements, where that abuse or neglect results in death or great bodily injury, be guilty of a felony, punishable by a minimum of one year and a maximum of 5 years in state prison, by a fine of not more than $25,000, or by both. Enacted
California 2012 SB 1522 Requires a developmental center of residential care to persons with developmental disabilities to immediately report a death, a sexual assault, an assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury, or an injury to the genitals or a broken bone when the cause of injury is undetermined, to the local law enforcement agency regardless of whether the Office of Protective Services has investigated the facts and circumstances relating to the incident. Enacted
California 2012 SB 1551 Amends existing state law to require any competent adult to report reasonable suspicion of child sexual abuse. Makes the failure to report child sexual abuse punishable by a range of fines and imprisonment based on the level of the failure. Failed

California

2013 AB 652

Provides that the fact that a child is homeless or is classified as an unaccompanied minor is not, in and of itself, a sufficient basis for reporting child abuse or neglect.

Enacted

California

2013 AB 790

Requires every mandated reporter who has knowledge of suspected child abuse or neglect to make a report, as specified even when joint knowledge is shared of the abuse and the mandatory reporter is aware of another mandatory reporter making a report.

Pending

California

2013 AB 1338

Requires the governing body of each school district, charter school, and county office of education to adopt a policy on the reporting of child abuse and the responsibilities of mandated reporters. Requires those entities to review the mandated reporting requirements of school employees with all school personnel at the beginning of each school year.

Failed

California

2014 AB 135

Requires the school governing boards of the state to review the mandatory reporting guidelines with teachers and school staff within 6 weeks of the start of the school year.

Pending

California

2014 AB 230

Requires a community youth athletic program to provide written notice to the parent or guardian of a youth participating in the program regarding the program's policies relating to criminal background checks for volunteer and hired coaches in the program.

Enacted

California

2014 AB 1432

Requires the State Department of Education to develop and disseminate information to all school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools and school personnel regarding the detection and reporting of child abuse. Requires such entities to annually train school personnel on the mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect. Requires employees to submit proof of training completion.

Pending

California

2014 AB 1505

Amends the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act. Makes instances of sodomy or oral copulation reportable as sexual abuse only if any person over 21 years of age participates in an any such acts with a person who is under 16 years of age.

Pending

California

2014 AB 1775

Adds videotaping to the definition of sexual exploitation for which mandatory reporters must report.-Pending

Pending


California

2014 AB 2016

Requires the holder of a teaching or services credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to complete an approved training program and every 2 years thereafter, on the duties imposed on mandated reporters.

Pending

California

2014 AB 2560

Requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, as part of its standards and procedures for renewal of teaching or services credentials, to require an applicant who renews his or her credential online to read and attest by an electronic signature a statement that is substantially in a specified form that the applicant understands the duties imposed on a holder of a teaching credential or a services credential by the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.

Enacted

California 2014 SB 1304

Clarifies that the fact that a child is homeless or is classified as an unaccompanied minor, as defined in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11301 et seq.), is not, in and of itself, a sufficient basis for reporting child abuse or neglect. Nothing in this section shall limit a mandated reporter from making a report whenever the mandated reporter has knowledge of or observes an unaccompanied minor whom the mandated reporter knows or reasonably suspects to be the victim of abuse or neglect.

Enacted
California 2014 SB 1165 Requires the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to consider including, in the next revision of the Health Frameworks, a distinct category on sexual abused and sex trafficking prevention, encourages school districts to take specified actions to prevent sexual abuse and sex trafficking, and encourages the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop model curricula on sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education. Allows school districts to include training on early identification and mandated reporting of sexual abuse and sex trafficking of pupils and minors. Pending
California 2014 Allows the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensing Board to deny an application or  revoke, suspend, or impose conditions upon a license or the intern registration for unprofessional conduct, including failure to comply with child abuse reporting requirements of California law.  Pending

Colorado

2013 HB 1104

Specifies that persons registered as a psychologist candidate, marriage and family therapist candidate, or licensed professional counselor candidate are required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. 

Enacted

Colorado

2013 SB 12

The bill adds directors, coaches, assistant coaches and athletic program personnel for private sports programs or organizations to the list of persons required to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the county or district department of social services or local law enforcement agency.

Enacted

Colorado

2013 SB 220

Adding emergency medical service providers to the list of persons who must report possible instances of child abuse.

Enacted

Connecticut 2012 HB 5217 Requires that any person who is alleged to have knowingly made a false report of child abuse or neglect to be referred to the office of the Chief State's Attorney for purposes of a criminal investigation. Enacted
Connecticut 2012 HB 5552 Strengthens the penalties associated with an individual's failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Failed
Connecticut 2012 SB 193 Expands the list of persons who are mandated reporters to include any coach or director of intramural, interscholastic or youth athletics, any coach or director of a private sports organization or team, any administrator, faculty, staff, athletic director, coach or trainer employed by a constituent unit of the state system of higher education or private institution of higher education, and any youth camp administrator. Requires criminal history records check for youth camp staff employees and volunteers. Failed

Connecticut

2013 HB 5230

Makes it a criminal offense for a person who witnesses a sexual assault or child abuse among other serious crimes to fail to report that crime to law enforcement officials.

Failed

Connecticut

2013 HB 6342

Makes it a class D felony to intentionally and unreasonably interfere with or prevent  the making of a report of suspected child abuse or neglect.

Enacted

Connecticut

2013 HB 6400

Adds to the list of mandatory reporters any coach or director of intramural or interscholastic athletics at a school who is eighteen years of age or older, any coach or director of youth athletics who is eighteen years of age or older, any coach or director of a private sports organization or team who is eighteen years of age or older, any administrator, faculty, staff, athletic director, athletic coach or athletic trainer employed by a constituent unit of the state system of higher education or private institution of higher education who is eighteen years of age or older.

Failed

Connecticut

2013 SB 441

Requires institutions of higher education to report instances of child abuse and subjects an institution of higher education to a civil penalty for failure to report an instance of child abuse.

Failed

Connecticut

2013 SB 821

Prohibits employers from hindering or preventing any employee from making a report of child abuse or neglect, or from testifying in any proceeding involving child abuse or neglect.

Enacted

Connecticut

2014 HB 5040

Adds any person who holds or is issued a coaching permit by the State Board of Education, is a coach of intramural or interscholastic athletics and is eighteen years of age or older; any paid coach or director of youth athletics who is eighteen years of age or older; any paid coach or director of a private youth sports organization, league or team who is eighteen years of age or older; any paid administrator, faculty, staff, athletic director, athletic coach or athletic trainer employed by a public or private institution of higher education who is eighteen years of age or older, excluding student employees; any social worker, except a social worker employed or retained by an attorney or law firm who, in the course of his or her duties for such attorney or law firm, has knowledge of a communication from a client of such attorney or law firm about such client that would otherwise require such social worker to make a report pursuant to section 17a-101a to the list of mandatory reporters.

Enacted

Connecticut 2014 HB 5456 Includes financial exploitation, psychological abuse, verbal abuse, and sexual abuse to the definition of “abuse.” Includes in the definition of “authorized agency” agencies authorized to carry out protective services for persons with intellectual disability or individuals receiving services or funding from the department’s Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Requires mandatory reporters to also report suspected abuse or neglect of individuals who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services’ Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services. Enacted

Connecticut

2014 SB 362

Requires reporting of suspected abuse or neglect of persons receiving services from the Department of Developmental Services' Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services and to expand the definition of abuse for purposes of the registry of persons who have been terminated or separated from employment as a result of substantiated abuse or neglect.

Failed

Connecticut

2014 SB 492

Requires any director, officer or employee of a nonprofit corporation to report any act of suspected child abuse or neglect committed by any person acting on behalf of such corporation.

Failed

Connecticut 2014 SB 203

Requires the Department of Children and Families, together with the departments of Education and Social Services and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc., or a similar organization, to identify or develop a statewide sexual abuse and assault awareness program for use by regional and local school boards. Requires the sexual abuse and assault awareness program to include a uniform child sexual abuse and assault response policy and reporting procedure.

Enacted
Delaware 2012 HB 243 Simplifies the mandatory report requirements for schools through ensuring that the most serious offenses, such as any sexual offense, shall be reported to law enforcement while giving schools discretion to handle minor offenses without mandatory reporting. Enacted

Delaware
 

2014 SB 182

Creates a check box for donations to the Protecting Delaware's Children Fund on the individual income tax return. All amounts designated to this Fund would be forwarded to the Delaware Community Foundation for use in public awareness campaigns promoting the reporting of child abuse.

Enacted

District of Columbia 2012 B 647 Requires the reporting of child sexual abuse to the Metropolitan Police Department, the 911 Emergency Call Center, or the Child and Family Services Agency. Requires without exception that any adult, with knowledge or reasonable cause to believe that a child is a victim of sexual abuse, make a report. Establishes criminal penalties for the failure to report. Enacted

District of Columbia

2014 B 714

Amends the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Act of 1977 to create procedures for reporting runaway and missing children under the custodial care of District agencies, to require the Metropolitan Police Department to report critically missing children to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to allow mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect to file missing person reports.

Pending

Florida 2012 HB 1355 Determines that any Florida College System institution, state university, or nonpublic college, university, or school whose administrators, faculty, or staff knowingly and willfully fail to report known or suspected child abuse, abandonment, or neglect committed on the property of the institution, university, college, or school, or who knowingly and willfully prevent another person from doing so shall be subject to fines of $1 million for each such failure. The bill would require anyone to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) hotline and would require hotline operators to process all abuse complaints; any calls about abuse other than by caregivers will be forwarded by DCF officials to local authorities. Determines that DCF will promote public awareness of the central abuse hotline through community-based partner organizations and public service campaigns. Requires DCF to collect and analyze reports of child abuse and sexual abuse which are reported from or occurred on the campus of any Florida College System institution, state university, or nonpublic college, university, or school. Requires teachers in grades 1-12 to participate in continuing education training provided by the Department of Children and Family Services on identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect. Enacted

Florida

2013 HB 757

Creates an exception to the mandatory reporting guidelines that an officer or employee of a law enforcement agency is not required to provide notice to the Hotline when the incident under investigation by the agency was originally reported to law enforcement by the Hotline through the electronic transfer of the report or call.

Failed

Florida

2013 SB 1162

Creates an exception to the mandatory reporting guidelines that an officer or employee of a law enforcement agency is not required to provide notice to the Hotline when the incident under investigation by the agency was originally reported to law enforcement by the Hotline through the electronic transfer of the report or call.

Failed

Florida

2013 HB 7129

Creates two exceptions to the requirement that any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is abused by an adult other than a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the child’s welfare report such knowledge or suspicion to the hotline: (1) An officer or employee of a law enforcement agency is not required to provide notice to the hotline when an incident of suspected child abuse by an adult other than a parent, legal custodian or other person responsible for the child’s welfare under investigation by law enforcement was originally reported to law enforcement by the hotline through electronic transfer; and (2) The central abuse hotline is not required to electronically transfer calls and reports to the county sheriff’s office if the incident of alleged child abuse by an adult other than a parent, legal custodian or other person responsible for the child’s welfare was originally reported to the hotline by the county sheriff’s office or another law enforcement agency.

Enacted

Florida

2013 HB 707

Makes a teacher ineligible for employment if they have been convicted of a felony related to the failure to report child abuse.

Failed

Florida

2014 HB 7031

Expands the teachers who are required to take continuing education about identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect from 1-12 to K-12.

Enacted

 

Florida

2014 SB 1226

Requires K-12 teachers, instead of 1-12 teachers, to participate in continuing education training provided by the Department of Children and Family Services on identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect.

Failed

 

Florida

2014 SB 1404

Requires an alleged incident of juvenile sexual abuse involving a child who is in the custody or protective supervision of the department to be reported to the department's central abuse hotline.

Failed

Florida 2014 SB 1666

Requires reports involving juvenile sex abuse (instead of known or suspected juvenile sexual offender) or a child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior to be made to the department. Requires an alleged incident of juvenile sexual abuse involving a child in the custody of or in protective supervision of the department to be reported to the central abuse hotline. Requires the department to ensure that the facts and results of any investigation of child sexual abuse involving a child in the custody of or under the protective supervision of the department  are made know tot the court or included in the next report to the court. Removes age qualifications for particular actions by the department.

Enacted

 

Florida

2014 SB 1702

Requires an operator of a family child care facility and any person standing in their position to undergo 30 hours of training involving multiple topics including identifying and reporting child abuse.

Failed

Georgia 2012 HB 948 Defines child service organization personnel, a mandated reporter of suspected child abuse, as a person employed by or volunteering at business or organization that provides care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter to children. Failed
Georgia 2012 HB 1176 Adds nurse’s aide and reproductive health care facility or pregnancy resource center personnel and volunteers to the list of persons who shall report child abuse if they have reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused. Determines that a member of the clergy is not required to report child abuse within the context of a confession or other similar communication required to be kept confidential under church doctrine or practice. However, when a clergy member receives information about child abuse from any other source, they must comply with the reporting requirements. Enacted
Georgia 2012 SB 355 Determines that any person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child is abused shall report such information as soon as possible, but no later than 36 hours from the time there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused, by telephone to a law enforcement agency. Failed

Georgia

2013 HB 78

Adds physician assistants as mandatory reporters.

Enacted

Hawaii 2012 HB 2233 Companion bill to HI SB 2575. Requires mandatory reporting to the department or to the police department when there is reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect. Failed
Hawaii 2012 SB 2131 Adds to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse or neglect any member of a family who has reached the age of majority and who has knowledge that child abuse or neglect in the family is occurring or has knowledge that a child in the family has been harmed due to abuse or neglect; provided that family members who are victims of domestic violence shall not be required to report child abuse or neglect if the alleged perpetrator is actively abusing both the child and the family member. Failed
Hawaii 2012 SB 2575 Companion bill to HI HB 2233. Requires mandatory reporting to the department or to the police department when there is reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect. Failed
Idaho 2012 SB 1254 States that any physician, resident on a hospital staff, intern, nurse, coroner, school teacher, day care personnel, social worker or other person having reason to believe that a child under the age of eighteen years has been abused, abandoned or neglected or who observes the child being subjected to conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in abuse, abandonment or neglect shall report within twenty-four hours such conditions or circumstances to the proper law enforcement agency or the department. The department shall be informed by law enforcement of any report made directly to it. When the attendance of a physician, resident, intern, nurse, day care worker or social worker is pursuant to the performance of services as a member of the staff of a hospital or similar institution, he shall notify the person in charge of the institution or his designated delegate who shall make the necessary reports. The law stipulates penalties for failure to report.
Determines that any person who has reason to believe that a child has been abused, abandoned or neglected and, acting upon that belief, makes a report of abuse, abandonment or neglect as required shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed.
Failed
Illinois 2012 HB 3887 Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to add personnel of institutions of higher education and athletic program or facility personnel to the list of individuals who shall immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Department of Children and Family Services if they have reasonable cause to believe a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be an abused child or a neglected child. Enacted
Illinois 2012 HB 3986 The agency designated to receive such reports under this Act or the Department may establish a manner in which a mandated reporter can make the required report through an Internet reporting tool. Information sent and received through the Internet reporting tool is subject to the same rules in this Act as other types of confidential reporting established by the designated agency or the Department. Enacted
Illinois 2012 HB 4147 Adds any state employee or employee of any organization that receives State funding to the list of mandated reporters under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Failed
Illinois 2012 HB 4701 Adds personnel of institutions of higher education, athletic program personnel, and early intervention providers to the list of mandated reporters under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Failed
Illinois 2012 HB 5584 Requires any person who witnesses a sex offense committed against a child to immediately report the offense to the appropriate local law enforcement agency. Failed
Illinois 2012 HB 5678 Requires that all reports of suspected child abuse or neglect shall be confirmed in a record made and maintained by the Department of Children and Family Services for at least one year regardless of whether the report prompts a formal investigation. Mandates that the record of a report shall include the name of the subject of the report and, if voluntarily provided, the name, address, and phone number of the person who reported the alleged abuse or neglect. Failed

Illinois

2013 HB 2215

Changes the criminal penalties for persons who knowingly and willfully violate certain reporting requirements and provisions concerning privileged communications. Provides that a first violation is a Class 4 felony (rather than a Class A misdemeanor) and a second or subsequent violation is a Class 3 felony (rather than a Class 4 felony), except that if the person acted as part of a plan or scheme having as its object the prevention of discovery of an abused or neglected child by lawful authorities for the purpose of protecting or insulating any person or entity from arrest or prosecution, a first violation is a Class 3 felony (rather than a Class 4 felony) and a second or subsequent violation is a Class 2 felony (rather than a Class 3 felony).

Pending

Illinois

2013 HB 2245

Provides that upon employment and at least once every 5 years thereafter, school personnel, including substitute teachers, who work directly with students must complete mandated reporter training provided by an individual or agency with expertise in recognizing and reporting child abuse.

Enacted

Illinois

2013 HB 2771

In a provision stating that the privileged quality of communication between a professional person required to report suspected child abuse or neglect and his or her patient or client shall not apply to situations involving abused or neglected children and shall not constitute grounds for failure to report as required by the Act or constitute grounds for failure to share information or documents with the Department of Children and Family Services during the course of a child abuse or neglect investigation, creates an exception for privileged communication between an attorney and his or her client.

Enacted

Illinois

2013 HB 2787

Allows a mandatory reporter to request a review of the investigation whenever the Department determines that a reported incident of child abuse or neglect from a mandated reporter is unfounded. The mandated reporter may request a review of the investigation within 10 days after the notification of the final finding.  A summary of the result of the investigation  including whether the committee recommends that the finding be upheld or reversed, and the rationale for the determination, shall be provided to the mandated reporter within 60 days. The summary shall inform the mandated reporter that if he or she disagrees with the findings of the committee, the mandated reporter may submit a request for investigation with the Department's Office of the Inspector General.

Enacted

Illinois

2013 HB 804

Creates the offense of failure to report sexual abuse of a child.  A person over the age of 18 commits failure to report sexual abuse of a child when he or she personally observes sexual abuse, as defined by this Section, between a person who he or she knows is over the age of 18 and a person he or she knows is a child, and knowingly fails to report the sexual abuse to law enforcement.  A person who commits failure to report sexual abuse of a child is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for the first violation and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent violation.

Enacted

Illinois

 

2014 SB 3421

Requires the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to give continuing education credit for mandated reporter training to any person who Holds a professional license issued by the Department and who is required under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to complete mandated reporter training by a provider or agency with expertise in recognizing and reporting child abuse.

To Governor

Indiana 2012 SB 267 Requires the Department of Education, in collaboration with organizations that have expertise in child sexual abuse, to identify or develop model education materials, response policies, and reporting procedures on child sexual abuse. The Department of Education shall make the models developed or identified available to assist schools with the implementation of child sexual abuse education programs in prekindergarten through grade 5 and child sexual abuse response and reporting policies. Enacted
Indiana 2013 HB 1086 Relates to duty to report child abuse or neglect; moves certain statutes concerning the duty to report child abuse to Title 35 of the Indiana Code governing criminal law and procedure; defines "victim of child abuse or neglect" for purposes of the duty to report child abuse. Failed
Indiana 2013 SB 105 Provides that when confronted with a potential case of child abuse or neglect, any law enforcement employee, judiciary employee, medical doctor, employee of a medical doctor, or school official may contact a local office of the department of child services to report and inquire about the suspected child abuse or neglect. Failed

Indiana

2014 HB 1036

Requires information to be prepared and distributed concerning the duty to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect.

Enacted

Iowa 2012 HB 2131 Prohibits an employer from taking retaliatory action against an employee as a reprisal for the employee's participation in good faith in making a child abuse report, photograph, or X ray, or in the performance of a medically relevant test, or aiding and assisting in an assessment of a child abuse report. Requires the Department of Human Services to convene and staff a stakeholder committee to review the training resources for mandatory reporters of child abuse. Failed
Iowa 2012 SB 2225 Prohibits an employer from taking retaliatory action against an employee as a reprisal for the employee's participation in good faith in making a child abuse report, photograph, or X ray, or in the performance of a medically relevant test, or aiding and assisting in an assessment of a child abuse report. Requires the boards of directors for community colleges, accredited private institutions of higher learning, and the board of regents for institutions of higher learning to develop and implement a consistent written policy for an employee who examines, attends, counsels, or treats a child to report suspected physical or sexual abuse. Requires a stakeholder committee, convened by the department of public health, to review the training resources for mandatory reporters of child abuse. Enacted

Iowa

2013 SB 178

Specifies training requirements for mandatory reporters.  Between twenty-four and thirty-six months after initial employment or self-employment, the person shall complete ninety minutes of interactive training for mandatory reporters.

Failed

Iowa

2013 SB 350

Requires a  one-time 90-minute interactive training requirement for mandatory reporters between 24 and 36 months after initial employment or self-employment.  The bill also transfers responsibility for mandatory reporting curricula to the department of public health and requires the department to review and approve trainers for a new interactive training requirement for mandatory reporters . 

Failed

Kansas 2012 HB 2533 Adds to the list of persons required to report suspected child physical, mental or emotional abuse or neglect or sexual abuse to include any employee, contractor or administrator of any public or private educational institution in the state who works in a position of authority over a child in an official capacity, if such child is a student enrolled in and attending, or participating in a program or event at such educational institution, any person who works in a position of authority over a child in an official capacity and is employed by or works as a volunteer for a recognized church or religious organization, if such child, child's parent or other person having lawful custody or child's siblings are members of or attend services or events at such church or religious organization, and any employee of any municipality or of the state who works in a position of authority over children in an official capacity. Strengthens the penalty for failure to report cases of suspected sexual abuse. Removes the defense that a person believed someone else was going to file the report, unless a report had actually been made, or that a person did not make a report for fear of reprisal or any other consequence. Failed
Kansas 2012 SB 362 Includes licensed addiction counselors and licensed clinical addiction counselors, clergy and religious authorities to the list of persons who shall report physical, mental or emotional abuse or neglect or sexual abuse of a child. Failed
Kansas 2013 SB 159 Clarifies that reports shall be made to the Kansas department for children and families and the appropriate law enforcement agency. When the Kansas department for children and families is not open for business, a report shall be made to the Kansas department for children and families on the next day that the department is open for business. Failed

Kentucky

2013 HB 439

Allows any school district that makes a report in good faith may at any time request  a status report of any investigation or determination that has occurred as a result of the district's good faith-report.

Failed

Louisiana 2012 HB 166 Establishes that school coaches, including but not limited to public technical or vocational school, community college, college, or university coaches and coaches of intramural or interscholastic athletics are mandatory reporters for purposes of child abuse. Enacted
Louisiana 2012 HB 577 Determines that any person who witnesses the sexual abuse of a child and the person knowingly or willfully fails to report the abuse to law enforcement or to the Department of Children and Family Services shall face specific penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Enacted
Louisiana 2012 SB 4 Criminalizes the failure to report the sexual abuse of a child. States that any person who witnesses sexual abuse of a child and knowingly and willfully fails to report the sexual abuse to law enforcement shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than five years, or both. Enacted
Louisiana 2012 SB 136 Requires that the reporting of child abuse and neglect is made through the designated state child protection reporting hotline number. Allows dual reporting to both the Department of Children and Family Services through the designated state child protection reporting hotline number and the local or the state law enforcement agency. Failed
Louisiana 2012 SB 158 Provides that no employee shall be discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, or discriminated against in any manner in the terms and conditions of his employment because of any lawful act engaged in by the employee, or on behalf of the employee, of any action to report the sexual abuse of a minor child by any fellow employee to law enforcement. Enacted
Louisiana 2012 SB 190 Makes it a felony for any employee of a public postsecondary education institution who witnesses the sexual abuse of a child or student to knowingly and willfully fail to report the sexual abuse to law enforcement or school administration. Failed
Louisiana 2012 SB 243 Establishes that it is unlawful for any person having knowledge of the commission of any homicide, rape, or sexual abuse of a child to fail to report or disclose such information to a law enforcement agency or district attorney. Enacted
Louisiana 2012 SB 357 Establishes that a mandatory reporter shall face penalties for the knowing and willful failure to report the abuse or neglect of a child. Adds "organizational or youth activity provider" to the list of "mandatory reporters." Failed

Louisiana

2013 HB 557

Establishes training for all mandatory reporters to familiarize these reporters with their legal mandate for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. Requires the training be made available by the child welfare division of the Dept. of Children and Family Services or any other mechanism as approved by the department as long as it includes information on the reporting procedure and consequences of failing to report. Specifies that all mandatory reporters are responsible for periodically obtaining mandated reporter training.

Enacted

Maine

2013 SB 349

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to make a report, which may include confidential child protection information, to the licensing board of a professional who appears to have violated the mandatory reporting law. The licensing board and licensee are required to keep the information confidential, and its use in a disciplinary proceeding would be governed by the existing procedures.

Enacted

Maine

2013 HB 1094

Adds specific categories of injury for which mandatory reporting of child abuse or neglect is required for children who are under 6 months of age or otherwise nonambulatory. Makes any failure to report by a mandated reporter a Class E crime. Requires a person in the professional categories required to report suspected child abuse or neglect to have completed mandated reporter training within the previous 5 years before a professional license or certification may be issued or renewed. Permits the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to revoke the license of a youth camp if an officer or agent of the camp fails to make a required report.

Enacted

Maine

2013 HB 1052

Establishes the Maryland Uniform Collaborative Law Act and clarifies that nothing in the act affects the obligation of a person to report abuse or neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of a child.

Failed

Maryland 2012 HB 1067 Adds medical examiners and parole or probation agents to the list of individuals required to notify the appropriate authorities and make a report if the individual, acting in a professional capacity in the State, has reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect. Makes it a misdemeanor for specified professionals to knowingly fail to provide a notice or make a report of suspected child abuse under specified circumstances. Failed
Maryland 2012 SB 63 Adds medical examiners and parole or probation agents to the list of individuals required to notify the appropriate authorities and make a report if the individual has reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect. Makes it a misdemeanor for specified professionals to knowingly fail to provide a notice or make a report of suspected child abuse under specified circumstances. Failed

Maryland

2013 SB 94

Expands immunity from civil liability or criminal penalty to a person who provides notice of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities. Makes it a misdemeanor for a certain person to knowingly and willfully fail to file a report of abuse under certain circumstances. Establishes the Task Force to Study Training for School Employees and Volunteers on the Prevention, Identification, and Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse.

Failed

Maryland

2013 SB 534

Prohibits an individual from preventing or interfering with the making of a specified report of suspected child abuse or neglect; makes a violation of the Act a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both.

Failed

Maryland

2013 HB 631

Prohibits an individual from preventing or interfering with the making of a specified report of suspected child abuse or neglect; makes a violation of the Act a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both.

Enacted

Maryland

2013 HB 876

Authorizes  the Attorney General to institute a civil action against mandatory reporters  acting in a professional capacity who fail to report child abuse or neglect when the child communicates directly with the person about the child abuse or when the abuse was observed; the civil penalty may not exceed $100,000.

Failed

Maryland

2014 HB 150

Allows the board of behavioral analysts to deny, reprimand, place on probation or suspend or revoke a license for failure to report suspected child abuse.

Vetoed

Maryland

2014 HB 1052

Establishes the Maryland Uniform Collaborative Law Act and clarifies that nothing in the act affects the obligation of a person to report abuse or neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of a child.

Failed

Maryland

2014 HB 1053

Makes failure to report a crime, prescribes a penalty, and establishes a task force to study the training of mandatory reporters.

Failed

Maryland

2014 HB 1389

Creates a Task Force on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect which will study, among other things, whether to make it a crime to intentionally fail to report child abuse or neglect.

Failed

Maryland

2014 SB 210

Makes failure to report a crime, prescribes a penalty, and establishes a task force to study the training of mandatory reporters.

Failed

Maryland 2014 SB 314 Allows the State Board of Physicians and Naturopathic Doctors to place a licensee on probation or suspend or revoke a license of a licensee who knowingly fails to report suspected child abuse as is required by law. Enacted
Maryland 2014 HB 402

Establishes the Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Committee within the Board of Pharmacy. Requires the Board to adopt regulations for the licensure and practice of naturopathic medicine. Allows the board to place a licensee on probation or suspend or revoke a license of a licensee who knowingly fails to report suspected child abuse as is required by law.

Enacted

Maryland

2014 SB 607

Requires each health occupation board authorized to issue licenses to requires, 90 minutes of training on identification and reporting of abuse and neglect before the issuance of a license, the renewal of a license or before treating, healing, counseling or otherwise interacting with patients or clients. The training will include the reporting requirements of the family law article, information regarding signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect, appropriate responses to disclosures of abuse and neglect, and resources and referrals for victims. Allows the board to deny, reprimand, place on probation or suspend or revoke a license for failure to report.

Failed

Maryland 2014 SB 694

Establishes the Behavior Analyst Advisory Committee within the State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Requires persons to be licensed by the Board as behavior analysts before performing behavior analysis work in the state except under certain circumstances. Establishing education and experience requirements to qualify for a license. Allows the board to place a licensee on probation or suspend or revoke a license of a licensee who knowingly fails to report suspected child abuse as is required by law.

Enacted

Maryland

2014 SB 805

Establishes the Maryland Uniform Collaborative Law Act and clarifies that nothing in the act affects the obligation of a person to report abuse or neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of a child.

Enacted

Maryland 2014 HB 849

Allows the State Board of Nursing to place a licensee on probation, or suspend or revoke the license of a licensee if they knowingly fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

Enacted
Maryland 2014 HB 908 Allows the State Board of Nursing to place a licensee on probation, or suspend or revoke the license of a licensee if they knowingly fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Enacted
Massachusetts 2012 HB 3902 Expands the Department of Children and Families definition of mandated reporter by adding a state employee who, in his professional capacity, witnesses child abuse, including sexual abuse. Failed

Massachusetts

2013 HB 1295

Adds to the types of abuse a mandatory reporter must report: sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Pending

Massachusetts

2013 HB 1345

Changes the punishment for failure to report from a maximum one thousand dollar fine to twenty-five thousand dollars or by imprisonment in the House of Corrections for not more than two and one half years, or both such fine and imprisonment.

Pending

Massachusetts

2013 HB 1454

Requires any person or persons who resides in Massachusetts, and is over 18 years or age, who witnesses or witnesses signs of child abuse, including sexual abuse to immediately report the abuse to the local or state police.  Specifies reporters shall report abuse both to the Department and to the police.  Changes the punishment for failure to report from a maximum fine of $1000 to a fine of not less than (i) $1,000 and not more than $5,000 for the first offense,  and (ii), a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $10,000.

Pending

Massachusetts 2014 HB 4034 Requires that the course of basic training for law enforcement officers include 8 hours of instruction of the legal duties imposed on law enforcement officers to offer protection and assistance, including mandatory reporting of child and elder abuse, among other requirements. Pending
Massachusetts 2014 HB 4037 Requires that the course of basic training for law enforcement officers include 8 hours of instruction of the legal duties imposed on law enforcement officers to offer protection and assistance, including mandatory reporting of child and elder abuse, among other requirements. Pending

Massachusetts

2013 SB 36

Specifies that in addition to making a report to the Department, when a mandated reporter who, in his or her professional capacity, has reasonable cause to believe that a child is suffering physical or emotional injury resulting from abuse inflicted upon him which causes harm or substantial risk of harm to the child's health or welfare, including sexual abuse shall immediately communicate such condition to the state or local police.

Pending

Massachusetts

2013 SB 40

Physician, medical interns, or hospital personnel engaged in the examination, care or treatment of children, who are mandatory reporters, shall not be held liable in any civil or criminal action by reason of such report if it was made in good faith; and that the reporter is not the perpetrator of the abuse.  Prohibits employers of mandatory reporters from discriminating or retaliating against any person who in good faith makes such a report, testifies or is about to testify in any proceeding involving child abuse or neglect. An employer, who discharges, discriminates or retaliates against such a person shall be liable to such person for treble damages, costs and attorney's fees.

Pending

Massachusetts 2014 HB 4034/HB 4037

Require that the course of basic training for law enforcement officers include 8 hours of instruction of the legal duties imposed on law enforcement officers to offer protection and assistance, including mandatory reporting of child and elder abuse, among other requirements.

Pending

Michigan

2013 HB 4199

Expands mandatory reporting requirements for child abuse or child neglect to include coaches and school volunteers.

Pending

Michigan

2013 HB 4493

Expands school employees to include all persons employed in public or nonpublic schools; includes in references to "clergy" any individual who holds himself or herself out as a member of the clergy.

Pending

Michigan

2013 HB 4893

Adds the term child neglect to the required reporting of child abuse by a physician, dentist, physician's assistant, dental hygienist, medical examiner, nurse, provider of emergency medical care, audiologist, psychologist, family therapist, professional counselor, social worker, school administrator, school counselor, teacher, law enforcement officer, member of the clergy, and regulated child care provider.

Enacted

Michigan

2014 HB 5239

Adds the term child neglect to the required reporting of child abuse by a physician, dentist, physician's assistant, dental hygienist, medical examiner, nurse, provider of emergency medical care, audiologist, psychologist, family therapist, professional counselor, social worker, school administrator, school counselor, teacher, law enforcement officer, member of the clergy, and regulated child care provider.

Pending

Michigan

2013 SB 714

Establishes the Michigan Family Collaborative Law Act. Clarifies that the act does not affect, waive or supersede the obligation of a person to report abuse or neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of a child or adult.

Enacted

Minnesota

2013 HB 739

Permits the local welfare agency, police department, or county sheriff to accept a report even though a voluntary reporter refuses to provide the reporter's name or address as long as the report is otherwise sufficient.  Clarifies that a report can be either written or oral.

Failed

Minnesota

2013 SB 460

Permits the local welfare agency, police department, or  county sheriff to accept a report even though a voluntary reporter refuses to provide the reporter's name or address as long as the report is otherwise sufficient.  Clarifies that a report can be either written or oral.

Failed

Missouri 2012 HB 1102 Requires any person who observes a child being subjected to sexual abuse to immediately report the abuse in accordance with specified provisions. Failed
Missouri 2012 HB 1256 Creates a joint committee of the general assembly to be known as the "Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect" to be composed of seven members of the senate and seven members of the house of representatives. The join committee shall make a continuing study and analysis of the state child abuse and neglect reporting and investigation system. Failed
Missouri 2012 HB 1470 Expands the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect to includes coaches, scout leaders, youth organization or group leaders, youth activity leader, or any other person in his or her official or volunteer capacity who has direct contact with children. Failed
Missouri 2012 HB 1491 Requires mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect to make a report by removing the option of causing a report to be made. Failed
Missouri 2012 HB 1565 Requires mandatory reporters of child abuse to report only while working or acting in their official capacity and allows, but does not require, reporting when they are off duty. Failed
Missouri 2012 SB 457 Requires any person who observes a child being subjected to sexual abuse to immediately report the abuse in accordance with specified provisions. Failed

Missouri

2013 SB 113

Requires any person eighteen years of age or older who observes a child being subjected to sexual abuse shall immediately report to the division or to any law enforcement agency.

Failed

Missouri

2013 HB 505

Specifies if two or more members of a medical institution who are required to report jointly have knowledge of a known or suspected instance of child abuse or neglect, a single report may be made by a member of that team. Any member who has knowledge that the member designated to report has failed to do so shall thereafter immediately make the report.

Enacted

Missouri 2014 HB 1592 Makes the identity of the reporter of three or more unsubstantiated reports of child abuse or neglect admissible in dissolution or child custody proceedings. Failed
Missouri 2014 HB 1092

Requires the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, made up of 7 appointed members of the senate and 7 appointed members of the house of representatives, to make recommendations on how to improve abuse and neglect proceedings including examining the role of the judge, children’s division, the juvenile officer, the guardian ad litem and the foster parents.

Enacted
Missouri 2014 SB 869 Establishes a joint committee of the general assembly to be known as the "Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect" to be composed of seven members of the senate and seven members of the house of representatives. Requires the committee to study and analyze the state child abuse and neglect reporting and investigation system. To Governor
Mississippi 2012 HB 943 Creates the Mandated Reporter Training Division within the Administrative Office of Courts. Establishes a special fund in the state treasury known as the Mandated Reporter Training Fund. Failed
Mississippi 2012 SB 2087 Provides for the mandatory reporting of sexual crimes against minors and creates a civil action for failure to make a mandatory report of abuse. Failed

Mississippi

2013 HB 237

Clarifies that mandatory reporters have the duty to report any abuse or neglect of a child. 

Failed

Mississippi

2013 SB 2708

Clarifies a mandatory reporter in a school setting shall not delegate to any other person the responsibility to report, but shall make the report personally in all cases of child abuse, child sexual abuse, child neglect or a sex crime against a minor as well as report to the superintendent of the school district or his designee or the principal in the event of an emergency or if the superintendent or his designee is unavailable.

Failed

Montana

MT HB 131

Authorizes the department, when  a professional or official required to report makes a report, to share information with that professional or official regarding: (a) whether an investigation into the report occurred or will occur; (b) the timeframe in which the investigation occurred or will occur; and (c) information about the investigation, limited to its outcome, the factual basis for the outcome, and any subsequent action that will be taken on behalf of the child who is the subject of the report.

Failed

Montana

2013 HB 131

Authorizes the department, on the request of professional, official, or other individuals working with the professional or official who have made a report, to verify (I) whether an investigation into the report occurred or will occur; (II) the timeframe in which the investigation occurred or will occur; and, (III) information about the investigation, limited to its outcome, the factual basis for the outcome, and any subsequent action that will be taken on behalf of the child who is the subject of the report.  Individuals who receive information pursuant to this subsection shall maintain the confidentiality of the information.

Enacted

Montana

2013 SB 65

Authorizes the department, upon request from any reporter of alleged child abuse or neglect, to verify whether the report has been received, describe the level of response and timeframe for action that the department has assigned to the report, and confirm that it is being acted upon.

Enacted

Nebraska 2012 LB 839 Requires reporting of sexual misconduct by a teacher or other school employee within twenty-four hours after receiving the allegation. Any report shall be investigated in accordance with the Child Protection Act for the purpose of determining whether or not the allegation is substantiated. Failed
Nebraska 2012 LB 993 Determines that each child abuse and neglect investigation team shall include procedures for mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect to include training to professionals on identification and reporting of abuse, assigning roles and responsibilities between law enforcement and the Department of Health and Human Services for the initial response or the report of abuse, and outlining how reports will be shared between law enforcement and the Department of Health and Human Services.   Enacted

Nebraska

2014 LB 730

Adds school administrators and chief administrative officers of schools to the list of people a mandatory reporter may report to.

Failed

Nebraska

2014 LB 853

Includes the requirements of mandatory reporting in alternative response.

Enacted

Nevada

2013 AB 155

Requires that mandatory reporters must be informed, by a licensing agency or employer,  in writing or by electronic communication of their duty as mandatory reporters and be provided with a written acknowledgment or an electronic record of having been informed.  Specifies an attorney is not required to report the abuse or neglect of a child if the attorney acquired the knowledge of the abuse or neglect from a client who is the victim of the abuse or neglect and who is in foster care, except that the attorney may report the abuse or neglect with the consent of the child. Provides that a first violation of the duty to report is punishable as a misdemeanor, and any subsequent violation is punishable as a gross misdemeanor.

Enacted

New Hampshire 2012 HB 1249 Requires an employee or volunteer of an organization who suspects another employee or volunteer of child sexual abuse to make a report under the state's child abuse reporting law. Establishes an enhanced criminal penalty for a supervisor who fails to report an employee or volunteer of suspected child sexual abuse. Failed
New Jersey 2012 AB 4396 Companion bill to NJ SB 3143. Requires that a person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been sexually abused to immediately report that abuse to law enforcement officials. Provides that a person's failure to report an act of sexual abuse or any sexual offense against a child and who has reasonable cause to believe that an act of sexual abuse or the sexual offense has been committed is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.  Failed
New Jersey 2012 SB 3143 Companion bill to NJ AB 4396 Requires that a person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been sexually abused to immediately report that abuse to law enforcement officials. Provides that a person's failure to report an act of sexual abuse or any sexual offense against a child and who has reasonable cause to believe that an act of sexual abuse or the sexual offense has been committed is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.  Failed

New Jersey

2012 SB 884

Requires a person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been sexually abused to immediately report that abuse to law enforcement officials. A person's failure to report sexual abuse is a fourth degree crime.

Failed

New Jersey

2014 AB 895

Requires a person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been sexually abused to immediately report that abuse to law enforcement officials. A person's failure to report sexual abuse is a fourth degree crime.

Pending

New Jersey

2014 AB 1477

Establishes the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act. Clarifies that the act does not affect, waive or supersede the obligation of a person to report abuse or neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of a child or adult.

To Governor

 

New Jersey

2014 SB 845

Requires a person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been sexually abused to immediately report that abuse to law enforcement officials. A person's failure to report sexual abuse is a fourth degree crime.

Pending

New Jersey

2014 SB 1224

Establishes the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act. Clarifies that the act does not affect, waive or supersede the obligation of a person to report abuse or neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of a child or adult.

Pending

 

New Jersey

2014 SB 1411

Requires a person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been sexually abused to immediately report that abuse to law enforcement officials. A person's failure to report sexual abuse is a fourth degree crime.

Pending

New Jersey

2014 SB 1915

Creates offense of making false child abuse report; permits assessment of penalty.

Pending

New Jersey 2014 AB 3619

Addresses issues of abuse and neglect of children with developmental disabilities by requiring frequent inspections of the institution or facility in which the child resides. Requires the case manager or supervisor to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child with a developmental disability. Increases the penalty for failure to report from a disorderly persons offense to a fourth degree crime. Details notice requirements to the department and to the parents of the child. Details investigation requirements and other issues related to the abuse or neglect of children with developmental disabilities.

Pending

New Mexico

2013 HB 86

Adds leaders of youth clubs, organizations and teams to the list of those required to report child abuse and neglect.  Includes a child who has suffered sexual abuse or sexual exploitation inflicted by any person to the definition of abused child.

Failed

New Mexico

2013 SB 411

Requires every person, including a licensed physician; a medical resident or an intern; a law enforcement officer;  a judge presiding during a proceeding; a registered nurse; a visiting nurse; a school official; a social worker acting in an official capacity; or a member of the clergy who has information that is not privileged as a matter of law, who knows or has a reasonable suspicion that a child has been abandoned or abused as provided in this section shall report the matter immediately to: (1) a local law enforcement agency; (2) the children, youth and families department if the abandonment or abuse is perpetrated by a parent, guardian or custodian; or (3) a tribal law enforcement or social services agency if the report relates to an Indian child residing in Indian country.

Failed

New Mexico

2014 HB 101

Requires all licensed school employees to be trained in detecting and reporting child sexual abuse and assault and in assisting in awareness and prevention.

Failed

New Mexico

2014 HB 265

Makes every person who does not have privileged information as a matter of law and who knows or has reasonable suspicion that a child is being abused or neglected a mandatory reporter.

Failed

New Mexico

2014 HB 324

Clarifies that every person who knows or has a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect shall report the child abuse or neglect.

Failed

New Mexico

2014 HB 334

Clarifies that every person who knows or has a reasonable suspicion that child abuse or neglect has occurred shall report the child abuse or neglect, notwithstanding any other provision of law.

Failed

New Mexico

2014 SB 97

Requires all licensed school employees to be trained in detecting and reporting child sexual abuse and assault and in assisting in awareness and prevention.

Failed

New York 2012 AB 8816 Companion bill to SB 3511. Establishes acupuncturists as mandatory reporters of suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment. Failed
New York 2012 AB 8901 Requires school athletic directors, school coaches, and school assistant coaches to report cases of suspected child abuse. Failed
New York 2012 AB 8905 Companion bill NY SB 6086. Requires college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, college administrators, college presidents, and paid individuals who may interact with children through employment at summer or overnight camps among those required to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment. Failed
New York 2012 AB 9617 Requires the posting of a visible notice in group homes for the developmentally disabled stating that New York law mandates the reporting of all forms of abuse to local law enforcement and district attorneys. Ensures that all employees are properly trained with regard to the reporting requirements for all forms of abuse. Failed
New York 2012 SB 1308 Details the persons required to report to an appropriate law enforcement agency when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is an abused child to include: any physician; registered physician assistant; surgeon; medical examiner; coroner; dentist; dental hygienist; osteopath; optometrist; chiropractor; podiatrist; resident; intern; psychologist; registered nurse; emergency medical technician; hospital personnel engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of persons; member of the clergy; a Christian Science practitioner; school official; social services worker; day care center worker; provider of family or group family day care; employee or volunteer in a residential care facility or any other child care or foster care worker; mental health professional; substance abuse counselor; alcoholism counselor; peace officer; police officer; district attorney or assistant district attorney; investigator employed in the office of a district attorney; or other law enforcement official. Outlines penalties for failure to report a case of suspected child abuse. Failed
New York 2012 SB 3511 Companion bill to AB 8816. Establishes acupuncturists as mandatory reporters of suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment. Failed
New York 2012 SB 5119 Requires members of the clergy to report suspected allegations of child abuse or maltreatment to an appropriate law enforcement agency. Requires members of the clergy to review past institutional records and report suspected allegations of child abuse by clergy to the district attorney. Reports of suspected child abuse shall be made immediately by telephone or by telephone facsimile to an appropriate law enforcement agency and followed by a report in writing within twenty-four hours. Failed
New York 2012 SB 6030 Establishes the class E felony of failure to report child abuse for the failure to report to law enforcement officials the commission of any crime against a child under the age of 16. Failed
New York 2012 SB 6048 Requires immediate reporting of suspected child abuse to an appropriate law enforcement agency. Determines that failure to report suspected child abuse is a class A misdemeanor. Failed
New York 2012 SB 6086 Companion bill BY AB 8905. Requires college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, college administrators, college presidents, and paid individuals who may interact with children through employment at summer or overnight camps among those required to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment. Failed

New York

2013 AB 421

Adds school athletic director, school personnel or other person required to hold a temporary coaching license or professional coaching certificate to the list of those required to report cases of suspected child abuse.

Pending

New York

2013 AB 2887

Requires certain persons and officials, teachers, superintendents and certain professionals to complete training in reporting cases of suspected child abuse.

Pending

New York

2013 AB 3526

Adds members of the clergy to the list of mandated reporters. Provides an exception for allegations learned through confidential communications to clergy that are privileged, but this exception does not prevent reporting of information obtained by clergy in a non-confidential communication and does not exempt a member of the clergy from any legal requirements to prevent further abuse.

Pending

New York

2013 AB 4470

Establishes acupuncturists as mandatory reporters of suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment.

Pending

New York

2013 AB 4662

Adds to the list of mandatory reporters certain individuals in a higher education setting including: any employee or volunteer, administrators, professors, sports coaches, or athletic directors of a college.  Requires the report to be made to both the law enforcement and to the president who has oversight of the higher educational setting.  Any person who reasonably and in good faith makes a report of allegations of child sexual abuse in a higher educational setting as required shall have immunity from civil liability. Makes the failure to report for higher education employees and volunteers  a class A misdemeanor.  Requires the educational institution to give notice to employees and volunteers required to report of that duty; provide policies and procedures to employees and volunteers; and provide training.  

Pending

New York

2013 AB 5191

Require that all reports of physical or sexual abuse of a child with developmental, mental or physical disabilities that have been reported to any abuse hotline be forwarded on to the local law enforcement, as well as the local district attorney's office.

Pending

New York

2013 AB 6200

Makes failure to report child abuse a class E felony when a person is guilty of failure to report child abuse when he or she fails to report to a police officer or law enforcement agency, as soon as he or she is physically able.

Pending

New York

2013 AB 6330

Adds college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, college administrator

s and college presidents and paid staff members of children's camps, summer day camps and travel camps to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and maltreatment.

Pending

New York

2014 AB 8430

Assists mandated reporters of child abuse or maltreatment to maintain the child's safety by providing them with information about the child and the services provided.

Pending

New York

2013 SB 824

Adds a member of the clergy to the list of those required to report cases of suspected child abuse.

Pending

New York

2013 SB 1346

Adds college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, college administrators and college presidents and paid staff members of children's camps, summer day camps and travel camps to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and maltreatment.

Pending

New York

2013 SB 1404

Requires certain persons and officials, teachers, superintendents and certain professionals to complete training in reporting cases of suspected child abuse.

Pending

New York

2013 SB 3347

Provides medical professionals who are covered under the mandatory child abuse reporting law receive two (2) hours of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment.

Pending

New York

2013 SB 3306

Establishes acupuncturists as mandatory reporters of suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment.

Pending

New York

2013 SB 4164

A person is guilty of failure to report child abuse when, being eighteen years of age or older, he or she fails to report to a police officer or law enforcement agency, as soon as he or she is physically able, the commission of any crime defined in this chapter against a child under the age of sixteen years, and such person witnesses the commission of such crime and has reason to know that he or she is witnessing a crime.

Pending

New York

2013 SB 4751

Adds school athletic director; school personnel or other person required to hold temporary coaching license or professional coaching certificate to the list of required mandatory reporters. 

Pending

New York

2013 SB 4828/NY AB 7860

Requires licensed naturopaths to report suspected child abuse.

Pending

 

New York

2014 SB 6344

The mandated reporter shall received the name of the child, whether the referral was accepted, whether the referral was closed without services, whether the assessment resulted in services, and the name and contact information for the county caseworker within 30 days of the report in order for them to maintain the child's safety.

Pending

New York 2014 AB 9436 Establishes civil penalties for knowingly making a false report of suspected child abuse or mistreatment and creates procedures for determining whether such a violation has occurred. Pending
New York 2014 AB 9810 Requires mandated reporters to receive coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment every three years. Pending
New York 2014 SB 7063

Requires mandated reporters to receive coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment every three years.

Pending
New York 2014 SB 7128

Establishes civil penalties for knowingly making a false report of suspected child abuse or mistreatment and creates procedures for determining whether such a violation has occurred.

Pending
New York 2014 SB 7212 Requires certain mandatory reporters to report when they have reasonable cause to believe that a parent coming before them in their professional or official capacity has been convicted of a crime related to physically or sexually abusing a child and has subsequently had another child or if they have reasonable cause to believe that a court has terminated the parent’s rights to a child for any cause and the parent has subsequently had another child. Pending
New York 2014 SB 2923/AB 3570 Add licensed school psychologists to the list of professionals who must complete two hours of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. Pending

North Carolina

2013 HB 149

Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to fail to report the abuse of a juvenile.

Enacted

Ohio 2014 HB 213

Includes court appointed special advocates and guardians ad litem to the list of people who are mandatory reporters.

Pending

Oklahoma

2013 HB 1785

Deletes the mandatory reporting requirement for any person; deletes certain exception to mandatory reporting requirement; deletes mandatory reporting requirement for certain health care professionals; provides for optional reporting; removes punishment for failure to report abuse or neglect.

Failed

Oklahoma

2013 SB 434

Permits a criminal investigation of any person with prolonged knowledge of ongoing child abuse or neglect who knowingly and willfully fails to promptly report such knowledge.  If convicted, this constitutes a felony.  "Prolonged knowledge" is knowledge of at least six (6) months of child abuse or neglect.

Failed

 

Oklahoma

2014 HB 2768

Adds education about sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention to be added to the yearly program on teacher training on recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect.

Failed

Oregon 2012 HB 4016 Adds employee or volunteer of organization providing child-related services or activities, employee of higher education institution, coach, assistant coach or trainer of child athlete and individual who provides guidance, instruction or training in youth development activity, and youth camps, to list of public and private officials required to report child abuse. Enacted

Oregon

2013 HB 2205

Directs Oregon State Bar to adopt rules establishing minimum training requirements for attorneys regarding duty to report child abuse.

Enacted

Oregon

2013 HB 3218

Exempts employee of higher education institution who is performing research in child abuse and neglect, human trafficking or underage prostitution from mandatory child abuse report law unless employee reasonably believes child is at imminent risk of harm.

Failed

Pennsylvania 2012 HB 1895 Permits exceptions to governmental immunity for child sexual abuse acts committed by individuals employee by a public institution, agency or other legal entity. Failed
Pennsylvania 2012 HB 1990 Adds school staff member, school faculty, coach to the list of persons required to report suspected child abuse. Failed
Pennsylvania 2012 HB 1999

Requires individuals who have firsthand or secondhand knowledge of or reasonable cause to believe a child is being sexually abused to report the suspected child sexual abuse to law enforcement officials as soon as is practical. Except for clergy-penitent and attorney-client confidential communications, the privileged communication between any professional person and the patient or client of that person shall not apply to situations involving child sexual abuse and shall not constitute grounds for failure to report as required by this chapter.

Allows a person who has, in good faith, reported suspected child sexual abuse and who, as a result of the report, is discharged from his or her employment or discriminated against in his or her employment, to commence an action in the court of common pleas of the county in which the alleged unlawful discharge or discrimination occurred for appropriate relief. If the court finds that the person was discharged or discriminated against in his or her employment as a result of the report, the court may issue an order granting appropriate relief, including, but not limited to, reinstatement with back pay.
Failed
Pennsylvania 2012 HB 2026 Requires that licensing boards for professionals mandated to report suspected child abuse or neglect require those professionals to submit documentation of the completion of at least two hours of approved continuing education training, per licensing cycle, on the identification and reporting of child abuse. Allows exemption from training if the licensee’s practice excludes contact with children. Failed
Pennsylvania 2012 HB 2046 Whenever a person is required to report suspected child abuse or neglect in the capacity as a member of the staff of a medical or other public or private institution, school, facility or agency, that person shall have the responsibility and have the legal obligation to report or cause a report to be made if that person has personally witnessed an act or acts the person reasonably believes constitutes suspected child abuse. Failed
Pennsylvania 2012 HB 2047 Increases the penalties for mandatory reporter failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The penalty for failure to report suspected child abuse increases from a third degree misdemeanor to a second degree for the first violation and from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree for a subsequent violation. Failed
Pennsylvania 2012 HB 2048 Increases the penalties for mandatory reporter failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The penalty for failure to report suspected child abuse increases from a third degree misdemeanor to a second degree for the first violation and from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree for a subsequent violation. Allows a prosecution for failure to report to be commenced within three years after the discovery of a willful failure to report or refer. Failed
Pennsylvania 2012 SB 1413 Increases the penalties for mandatory reporters' failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The penalty for failure to report suspected child abuse increases from a third degree misdemeanor to a first degree for the first violation and from a second degree misdemeanor to a third degree for a second or subsequent violation. Failed
Pennsylvania 2012 SB 449 Provides for recognition and reporting training for school entities and independent contractors of schools and their employees to address recognition of abuse and sexual misconduct, mandatory reporting policies Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 HB 316

Requires a percentage of the fee charged for birth certificates by transferred for training mandated reporters and child abuse related costs, and for such advocacy centers.

Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 HB 429

Specifies any person may make a report of suspected child abuse if that person has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is an abused child.  Any person who makes a report in good faith and as a result is terminated from their employment or discriminated against in any way may file an action in court for relief.

Pending

Pennsylvania

2013 HB 430

Changes the procedure for mandatory reporters.  A mandatory reporter shall make a report immediately to the department by telephone or advanced communication technologies. Oral reports should be followed up with a written report within 48 hours of the initial reporting.  The report should include the names and addresses of the child, the child's parents and any other person responsible for the child's welfare; where the suspected abuse occurred; the age and sex of each subject of the report; the nature and extent of the suspected child abuse, including any evidence of prior abuse to the child or any sibling of the child; the name and relationship of each individual responsible for causing the suspected abuse and any evidence of prior abuse by each such individual; family composition; the source of the report; the person making the report and where that person can be reached; the actions taken by the person making the report; and any other information that the department requires by regulation.

Pending

Pennsylvania

2013 HB 431

Requires each licensing board with jurisdiction over professional licensees identified as mandated reporters to require all persons applying for a license or certification submit documentation of the completion of at least three hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training. Persons applying for the renewal of a license or certification must  submit documentation of the completion of at least three hours of approved continuing education every five years.

Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 HB 432

Requires the Department to  adopt regulations to require that operators of family day care homes and employees who have direct contact with children receive child abuse recognition and reporting training.  Operators shall have three hours of training prior to the issuance of a registration certificate and three hours of training every five years thereafter. Employees who have direct contact with children shall receive three hours of training within ninety days of the date of hire and three hours of training every five years thereafter.

Pending

Pennsylvania

2013 HB 436

Revises the list of mandatory reporters to include: a person licensed to practice in any health-related field under the jurisdiction of the Department of State of the Commonwealth; a medical examiner, coroner or funeral director; a health care facility or provider licensed by the Department of Health and its employees engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of individuals; a school administrator, teacher, nurse, guidance counselor, coach or other school employee; a child-care services provider; a clergyman, priest, rabbi, minister, Christian Science practitioner, religious healer or spiritual leader of any regularly established church or other religious organization; an individual, paid or unpaid, who, on the basis of the individual's role as an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity or service, accepts responsibility for a child; a social services worker; a peace officer or law enforcement official; an attorney; a librarian at a public library; an emergency medical services provider certified by the Department of Health; any employee or independent contractor of any of the above listed persons who has direct contact with children.  Permits any person to be able to make a report.  Makes changes to reporting procedures. 

Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 HB 673

Adds school staff member, school faculty, and coach to the list of mandatory reporters. Requires staff members of an institution to make a report directly to a law enforcement official and an agent for child protective services, instead of the person in charge of the institution. Changes the punishment for willfully failing to report to a felony of the third degree for the first violation and a felony of the second degree for a second or subsequent violation.

Pending

Pennsylvania

2013 HB 1045

Establishes a person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if the person knowingly or intentionally makes a report of child abuse that is false or induces a child to make a false claim of child abuse.

Pending

Pennsylvania

2013 SB 21

Clarifies  the child need not come before the person in order for the person to make a report and that the identity of the perpetrator of child abuse need not be known by the person required to make a report.
 
Broadens the list of persons required to report to include any person licensed to practice in any health-related field; expands school personnel to include: guidance counselor, coach or other school employee or an independent contractor of the school with direct responsibility for children; includes an individual, paid or unpaid, who, on the basis of the individual's direct responsibility for children, accepts responsibility for a child; includes an emergency medical services provider. 
 
Encourages all persons to report child abuse. 
 
Privileged communication between a mandated reporter and a patient or client of the mandated reporter shall not apply to a situation involving child abuse; creates limited exceptions for confidential information told to clergy or attorneys, but not spouses.

Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 SB 22

Makes willful failure to report or to refer by a required reporter a misdemeanor of the second degree. Makes the interference with making report or referral a misdemeanor of the first degree. Makes concealment of abuse to protect another a felony of the third degree.
If a person's willful failure continues while the person knows or has reasonable cause to believe the child is actively being abused, the person commits a felony of the third degree.

Pending

Pennsylvania 2013 SB 24 Provides for electronic reporting, mandatory reporting and postmortem investigation of deaths, establishment of pending complaint file, statewide central register and file of unfounded reports, establishment of a toll-free telephone number, investigations, confidentiality of reports, certain studies, information concerning prospective child-care personnel and family day-care home residents, penalties and county agency requirements for general protective services Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 SB 25

Allows for electronic submission for reporting and electronic confirmation of such reports. 

Pending

Pennsylvania

2013 SB 28

Specifies what information a licensed medical practitioner reporting child abuse shall provide the county including:  relevant medical information, information from a subsequent examination, information regarding treatment of the child and relevant medical information regarding any other child in the child's household. Parental consent is not required for the licensed medical practitioner to provide the information. 

Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 SB 29

Provides for mandatory reporting of infants and newborn prenatal exposure to illegal substances.

Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 SB 30

Establishes that the statewide central register of child abuse which shall retain indefinitely which contains the following sub files that shall be retained indefinitely a sub file of the names of the persons who made an intentionally false report of suspected child abuse.  Creates immunity from civil and criminal liability for a person, hospital, institution, school, facility, agency or agency employee acting in good faith and without actual malice for making a report of suspected child abuse or causing a report of suspected child abuse to be made.  A person who intentionally makes a false report commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 SB 31

Requires an institution or school employee required to report to report directly to the Department, and also notify the school administrator, instead of just notifying the school administrator.

Enacted

Pennsylvania

2013 SB 33

Establishes protection from employment discrimination for mandatory reporters or for persons encouraged to report who acted in good faith in making or causing the report of suspected child abuse to be made.

Enacted

Rhode Island 2014 HB 7091 Would allow the release of patient records for investigation and prosecution if a healthcare provider believes, after providing healthcare services to an elder patient, that the patient is or has been physically, psychologically or sexual abused, neglected or exploited and would require the reporting of any such abuse to the local or state law enforcement agencies. Enacted

Rhode Island

2014 HB 7366

Creates the "Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Act" which would require coaches and assistant coaches to complete a child sexual abuse prevention training program, with at least two (2) hours of instruction time. The course would be retaken every five (5) years.

Pending

Rhode Island

2014 SB 2244

Creates the "Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Act" which would require coaches and assistant coaches to complete a child sexual abuse prevention training program, with at least two hours of instruction time; provides that the course would be retaken every five years.

Pending

South Carolina 2012 HB 4428 Requires any person to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Failed
South Carolina 2012 SB 1054 Sec. 1: Adds school employee or independent contractor, coach, camp counselor, animal control officer, firefighter, or any other employee or volunteer of a public or private organization whose duties require direct contact or supervision of children to the list of persons required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Defines school to mean any public or privately operated child care agency, preschool, nursery school, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, or public or private institution of higher education. Requires any person who has received information which gives the person reason to believe that a child has been or may be sexually or physically abused as defined by the laws of the State to report the abuse. Requires board members, chief executive officers, directors, other heads of organizations, administrators, and supervisors who have reason to believe that a child has been or may be abused or neglected by a staff member or under the auspices of the organization to report to law enforcement.  States that mandatory reporters who report abuse or neglect to a supervisor or person in charge of an institution, school, facility, or agency are not relieved of the individual duty to report. The Department of Social Services must establish, operate, and publicize a twenty-four hour, statewide, toll-free telephone service to receive reports. Failed
South Carolina 2012 SB 1346 Adds school or college administrator, coach, volunteer who works with children as a camp counselor, scout leader, and mentor to the list of persons required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Failed

South Carolina

2013 HB 3024

Requires any person in this state who has received information which gives the person reason to believe that a child has been or may be abused or neglected to report the abuse or neglect.

Failed

South Carolina

2013 HB 3124

Prohibits an employer from dismissing, demoting, suspending or disciplining an employee who reports child abuse or neglect, whether required or permitted to report; creates a cause of action for reinstatement and back pay which an employee may bring against an employer who violates this prohibition.

Enacted

South Carolina

2013 HB 3371

Requires that a person required to report must make the report within twenty-four hours or the next working day after receiving the information that gives the person reason to believe that a child has been or may be abused or neglected.

Failed

South Dakota 2012 HB 1264 Amends the mandatory reporting requirements regarding child abuse to include any professional, or person who has contact with a child through the performance of services as a support staff member, working within or in conjunction with a hospital, health and wellness or medical clinic, mental health provider, child protection agency, religious function or organization, parole or court services, law enforcement, school or school related organization, registered day care, domestic abuse shelter, chemical dependency center, coroner's office, or any other business, agency, or organization that offers helping services to children, who have reasonable cause to suspect that a child under the age of eighteen has been abused or neglected shall report the information. Failed
South Dakota 2012 SB 154 Add employees or volunteers of a child advocacy organization or child welfare service provider, to the list of people specified as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse involving any child under 18. Enacted

Tennessee

2013 HB 1048

Revokes or denies the public charter school agreement if an employee of the charter school fails to report child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse when a charter school employee has knowledge or reasonable cause to believe the child is a victim.

Failed

Tennessee

2013 HB 1083

Permits the chartering authority to revoke or non-renew a charter school's charter, if an employee fails to report child abuse.  Requires charter schools to provide information or training to employees on mandatory reporting of child abuse.

Failed

Tennessee

2013 SB 682

Revokes or denies the public charter school agreement if an employee of the charter school fails to report child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse when a charter school employee has knowledge or reasonable cause to believe the child is a victim.

Failed

Tennessee

2013 SB 1366

Permits the chartering authority to revoke or non-renew a charter school's charter, if an employee fails to report child abuse.  Requires charter schools to provide information or training to employees on mandatory reporting of child abuse.

Failed

Texas

2013 HB 135

Requires annual training for school district employees in recognition of child abuse and neglect and the reporting procedure for same.

Failed

Texas

2013 HB 443

Creates a civil penalty for certain public and private institutions of higher education for failure by an administrator to report child abuse or neglect.

Failed

Texas

2013 HB 747

Adds employees of  institutions of higher education or a private or independent institution of higher education to the list of mandatory reporters.

Failed

Texas

2013 HB 1205

Makes the penalty for a professional who knowingly fails to make a report  a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a state jail felony if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the actor intended to conceal the abuse or neglect.

Enacted

Texas

2013 HB 2495

Requires each school district, open-enrollment charter school, and higher education employee to report child abuse or neglect.  Each school’s reporting policy may not permit or require an employee to report child abuse or neglect to the employee's supervisor before the employee makes the report to the Department.  Each institution of higher education shall also adopt a policy governing the reporting of child abuse and neglect for the institution and its employees. Training must be provided to orientation, to all new school district and open-enrollment charter school employees and to existing district and open-enrollment charter school employees until all district and open-enrollment charter school employees have taken the training.  Each institution of higher education shall provide training for employees who are professionals in recognizing and preventing sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children and the responsibility and procedure of reporting suspected occurrences of sexual abuse and other maltreatment.

Failed

Texas

2013 HB 3400

Requires the development of a system that allows a professional to make an anonymous report of suspected child abuse or neglect. The reporting system must provide the professional with a unique number or other identifier that the professional can use as verification of the professional ’s report.

Failed

Texas

2013 HB 3403

Each school district must develop a policy which requires each school district employee to report suspected child abuse or neglect.  Each school district shall adopt and distribute the written internal policy.  Each school district may provide annual training for district employees and coaches in the recognition of signs of child abuse and neglect and the responsibility and procedure for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. A professional may not delegate to or rely on another person to make the report or make the report only to a supervisor or administrator in the professional's organization.  A teacher is not required to report sexual conduct between students that might constitute an offense if the teacher believes that:  neither student is more than three years older than the other student; the sexual conduct is consensual; and at the time of the conduct: neither student is required register for life as a sex offender; and neither student is a person who had a reportable conviction or adjudication for an offense.

Failed

Texas

2013 SB 384

Makes it a class A misdemeanor for a person listed as a mandatory reporter to fail to make a report.

Failed

Texas

2013 SB 939

Requires each school district, open-enrollment charter school, and higher education employee to report child abuse or neglect.  Each school’s reporting policy may not permit or require an employee to report child abuse or neglect to the employee's supervisor before the employee makes the report to the Department.  Each institution of higher education shall also adopt a policy governing the reporting of child abuse and neglect for the institution and its employees. Training must be provided to orientation, to all new school district and open-enrollment charter school employees and to existing district and open-enrollment charter school employees until all district and open-enrollment charter school employees have taken the training.  Each institution of higher education shall provide training for employees who are professionals in recognizing and preventing sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children and the responsibility and procedure of reporting suspected occurrences of sexual abuse and other maltreatment.

Enacted

Utah 2014 HB 132 Enacts and modifies provisions relating to temporary homeless youth shelters; grants the Office of Licensing rulemaking authority to make rules establishing age-appropriate and gender-appropriate sleeping quarters in temporary homeless youth shelters; requires a temporary homeless youth shelter to notify the Division of Child and Family Services or a youth services center within 48 hours after the temporary homeless youth shelter becomes aware that the minor is a runaway. Enacted
Vermont 2012 SB 113 Proposes to require independent schools to comply with the same training as school districts with respect to the prevention, identification, and reporting of child sexual abuse and sexual violence, and to add headmasters of independent schools to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. Enacted

Vermont

2013 HB 430

Add persons responsible for providing child abuse education in a school to the list of mandatory reporters.

Failed

Vermont

2014 HB 573

Repeals the clergy exemption which allows a member of the clergy to refrain from making an otherwise mandatory report of child abuse if certain conditions are met.

Failed

Vermont

2014 HB 830

Includes advanced practice registered nurse to the list of mandatory reporters of abuse or neglect.-Pending

Failed

Virginia 2012 HB 3 Adds athletic coach, director or other person employed by or volunteering with a private sports organization or team and administrators, employees, or volunteers of public or private day camps, youth centers and youth recreation programs to the list of persons required to report child abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Services. Enacted
Virginia 2012 HB 4 Adds athletic coaches and directors in public or private schools or in institutions of higher education to the list of persons required to report child abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Services. Failed
Virginia 2012 HB 74 Establishes that if an initial report of suspected abuse or neglect is made to the person in charge of an institution or department, or his designee, the person shall notify the individual making the initial report when the report of suspected child abuse or neglect is made to the local department or to the Department of Social Services' toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline and shall forward any communication resulting from the report to the individual who made the initial report. Reduces the time limit for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect by mandated reporters from 72 hours to 24 hours. Enacted
Virginia 2012 HB 215 Reduces the time allowed for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect by a mandated reporter from 72 hours to 24 hours and provides that failure to report is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor for the first failure and a Class 6 felony for a second or subsequent offense. Current law imposes a fine of not more than $500 for a first offense and not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense. Failed
Virginia 2012 HB 970 Adds any person employed by a public or private institution of higher education to the list of individuals required to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child. Enacted
Virginia 2012 HB 1237 Expands the list of who a report of suspected child abuse or neglect shall be made to include a law-enforcement agency. Adds individuals employed by a public or private organization responsible for the care, custody or control of children to the list of individuals required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Reduces the time allowed for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect by a mandated reporter from 72 hours to 24 hours. Establishes that no person shall be required to make a report of suspected abuse if the person has actual knowledge that the same matter has already been reported to the local department or the Department of Social Services’ toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline. Enacted
Virginia 2012 HB 1266 Determines that any person who fails to report within 72 hours of his first suspicion of child abuse or neglect is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Failed
Virginia 2012 SB 239 Adds individuals employed by a public or private organization responsible for the care, custody or control of children and any person employed by a public or private institution of higher education to the list of individuals required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Reduces the time allowed for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect by a mandated reporter from 72 hours to 24 hours. Establishes that no person shall be required to make a report of suspected abuse if the person has actual knowledge that the same matter has already been reported to the local department or the Department of Social Services’ toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline. Enacted
Virginia 2012 SB 265 Adds athletic coaches and directors in public or private schools or in institutions of higher education to the list of persons required to report child abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Services. Failed
Virginia 2012 SB 296 Reduces the time allowed for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect by a mandated reporter from 72 hours to 24 hours and provides that failure to report is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor for the first failure and a Class 6 felony for a second or subsequent offense. Current law imposes a fine of not more than $500 for a first offense and not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense. Failed
Virginia 2012 SB 303 Adds any person employed by a public or private institution of higher education to the list of individuals required to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child. Failed
Virginia 2012 SB 622 Adds individuals employed by a public or private institution of higher education and any other person with responsibility for the care, control, or custody of children to the list of individuals required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Determines that any person who fails to report within 72 hours of his first suspicion of child abuse or neglect is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Failed

Virginia

2014 HB 486

Existing law requires mandatory reporters to report instances of abuse and neglect. This bill adds human trafficking to the list of offenses for which mandatory reporters must report.

Pending - Carryover

Virginia

2014 HB 1240

Adds Guardians ad Litem to the list of mandatory reporters. Offers an exception for attorney-client privilege.

Failed

Washington 2012 HB 2331 Requires mandatory reporters to also report any suspicion of sever child neglect. Defines "severe abuse or neglect" as any of the following: any act of abuse of sufficient severity that causes significant bleeding, deep bruising, significant external or internal swelling, bone fracture, or unconsciousness; any act or acts of withholding basic necessities of life that create or cause an imminent risk of substantial bodily harm; or any act of intentionally touching the sexual or other intimate parts of a child for the purpose of gratifying sexual desire. Failed
Washington 2012 SB 5991 Requires administrative and academic or athletic department employees, including student employees, of institutions of higher education, and of private institutions of higher education who have reasonable cause to believe a child has suffered abuse or neglect, to report the abuse or neglect immediately. The law also requires employees of institutions of higher education, not considered academic or athletic department employees, who have reasonable cause to believe a child has suffered abuse or neglect, must report such abuse or neglect immediately to the appropriate administrator or supervisor, as designated by the institution. The administrator or supervisor to whom the report was made, if not already a mandatory reporter, must report the abuse or neglect within forty-eight hours to a mandatory reporter designated by the institution. Enacted

Washington

2013 SB 5359

Clarifies that any person, in his or her official supervisory capacity with a nonprofit or for-profit organization, has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect caused by a person over whom he or she regularly exercises supervisory authority, he or she shall report such incident. Specifically defines organization to include:  a sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, trust, association, financial institution, governmental entity, other than the federal government, and any other individual or group engaged in a trade, occupation, enterprise, governmental function, charitable function, or similar activity in this state whether or not the entity is operated as a nonprofit or for-profit entity.

Enacted

Washington

2014 HB 2190

Requires mandatory reporters to report instances of female genital mutilation. Adds female genital mutilation to the definition of, "abuse or neglect."

Failed

West Virginia 2012 HB 4065 Adds youth camp administrators, camp counselors, employees and volunteers of entities that provide organized activities for children and commercial film or photographic print processors as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse. Increases criminal penalties for failing to report child abuse. Provides funding for educational programs for reporting and preventing child abuse and neglect. Failed
West Virginia 2012 HB 4240 Adds youth camp administrator or counselor, employee or volunteer of an entity that provides organized activities for children or commercial film or photographic print processor who to the list of persons mandated to report abuse and neglect of children. Provides funding for educational programs for reporting and preventing child abuse and neglect. Failed
West Virginia 2012 SB 161 Adds youth camp administrator or counselor, employee, coach or volunteer of an entity that provides organized activities for children, or commercial film or photographic print processor to the list of persons mandated to report abuse and neglect of children. Adds any person over the age of eighteen who has actual knowledge of or observes any sexual abuse or sexual assault of a child to the list of mandated reporters who shall immediately, and not more than forty-eight hours after obtaining actual knowledge of or observing the sexual abuse or sexual assault, report the circumstances or cause a report to be made to the State Police or other law-enforcement agency. Creates an educational and training for persons required to report suspected abuse or neglect and for the general public to include indicators of child abuse and neglect, tactics used by sexual abusers, how and when to make a report, and protective factors that prevent abuse and neglect in order to promote adult responsibility for protecting children. Enacted

West Virginia

2014 HB 4446

Repeals, revises, reorganizes, and reenacts the Child Welfare Act

Failed

West Virginia

2014 SB 503

Repeals, revises, reorganizes, and reenacts the Child Welfare Act

Failed

Wisconsin 2012 AB 714 Makes professors, administrators, coaches, and other employees of any public, private, or tribal postsecondary educational institution mandatory child abuse and neglect reporters. Failed
Wisconsin 2012 SB 42 No person making a report of suspected child abuse in good faith may be discharged from employment, disciplined or otherwise discriminated against in regard to employment, or threatened with any such treatment for so doing. Each school board shall require every employee of the school district to receive training provided by the department in identifying children who have been abused or neglected and in the laws and procedures governing the reporting of suspected or threatened child abuse and neglect. A school district employee shall receive that training within the first 6 months after commencing employment with the school district and at least once every 5 years after that initial training. Enacted

Wisconsin

2013 SB 18

Adds probation agents, parole agents and volunteers, and contractors of an institution of higher education, to the list of professionals who are mandated to report suspected abuse or neglect. Adds school employees, volunteers and contractors who work directly with children for at least 40 hours in a school year to the definition of those persons required to report suspected child abuse or neglect.  Exempts from the obligation to report: 1) school board members; 2) children; and 3) students who have not yet graduated from high school.  Creates a training requirement for mandated reporters for: child care center licensees; certain employees of child care centers, group homes, and residential care centers for children and youth; teachers; school administrators and school district administrators; law enforcement officers; emergency medical technicians; first responders; substance abuse counselors; registered nurses; chiropractors; dentists; physicians; physician assistants; physical therapists; physical therapist assistants; dietitians; occupational therapists; optometrists; acupuncturists; psychologists; private practice school psychologists; social workers; marriage and family therapists; professional counselors; speech-language pathologists; audiologists; family court mediators; and, probation and parole officers.

Failed

Wisconsin 2014 AB 675 Relates to evaluation of infants for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and referral of infants who have that condition for services and treatment. Enacted
Wisconsin 2014 SB 529 Relates to evaluation of infants for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and referral of infants who have that condition for services and treatment. Failed

Wyoming

2013 HB 8

Requires any mandated reporter who knowingly fails to report is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), or both.

Failed

Wyoming

2013 SB 101

Requires any mandated reporter who knowingly fails to report is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), or both.

Failed

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