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Pa. House advances child-abuse reforms

Updated: Wednesday, December 11 2013, 01:48 PM EST

By: The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. --

Pennsylvania's House of Representatives advanced several pieces of a child-abuse reform package stemming from the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy scandals.

The House gave final approval Tuesday to measures that would expand the definition of "perpetrator" and toughen penalties for assaults against children under certain circumstances.

Those bills now move to the Senate, which is expected to send them on to Gov. Tom Corbett.

The legislation is part of a multi-bill package that's been in the works since shortly after Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, was arrested in late 2011.

Pa. House advances child-abuse reforms


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