Overhaul of child abuse laws planned in PA

12.05.13 | Bob Price

A bill at the center of a package of child abuse reforms has passed unanimously through a Senate committee. The legislation could get a full Senate vote as early as next week. The proposal is the legal centerpiece of a huge overhaul of the state's child abuse laws.  It’s one of a number of changes put forth by a task force convened in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The main provision of the bill is a new definition of what legally constitutes child abuse. Current state law says that a child must suffer "serious" bodily injury to be considered abused. The bill still contains an exemption for not providing medical care if it is part of the practice of religious beliefs.