Pa. lawmakers send Corbett child abuse bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania lawmakers are sending the governor a bill designed to improve reporting by school employees of suspected child abuse.

The House voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the measure that the prime sponsor says puts school workers under the same reporting requirements as people employed in other types of work environments.

Gov. Tom Corbett’s office says he plans to sign it.

The sponsor, Berks County Republican Rep. David Maloney, says he became aware that the standards were different while serving as a school board member.

The bill requires school workers to immediately notify the person in charge of their institution and to call the ChildLine abuse hotline.

It’s among a set of measures being enacted in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.