Senator Chris Shank is sponsoring the bill. It would make it a crime to prevent or interfere with reporting child abuse or neglect.
"If somebody stands in the way and says I don't want you to do that because of a relationship they might have with the potential abuser, because of some fear of a backlash like we saw up in Penn State, I want those people to think twice about standing in the way of making certain, absolutely certain, that our kids are protected," says Shank, (R) - Washington County.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor carrying a punishment of up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.
are situations where child abuse and neglect and sexual abuse have not been
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Shank also has a second bill to provide more training on child abuse to professionals, such as teachers and doctors.
Michael Hough, (R) - Frederick &
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