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In Wake of Penn State, Senate to Hold Hearing on Child Abuse

By Alyson Klein — November 21, 2011 1 min read

The Senate subcommittee overseeing children and families will examine federal child abuse laws, in the wake of the events at Pennsylvania State University.

The panel, which is part of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, will take a look at how well laws already on the books are protecting kids from abuse. Lawmakers will consider whether they need to boost reporting requirements going forward. Right now, just 18 states require all adults to report suspected child abuse, according to the committee.

Over on the House side, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, has also requested hearings on the issue.