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CA Senate approves bill inspired by Penn State scandal

Penn State / USC, Rose Bowl 2009
Penn State / USC, Rose Bowl 2009
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A Penn State-inspired bill that unanimously passed the Assembly in April was unanimously approved by the California state Senate on Tuesday.

Sen. Ron Calderon from District 30, says bill AB1434 "can be summed up in one word: Sandusky."

Under the proposed legislation, all employees of California colleges would be required by law to report suspected child sexual abuse. A mandatory reporter's failure to report could bring jail time and fines.

State law already requires teachers, teacher aides, doctors and others who supervise children to report abuse suspicions.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer, the bill's author, said last spring that it's not enough to depend on a person's sense of moral obligation in reporting child sex abuse. 

Calderon said the child sex abuse convictions of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky revealed the need to specifically require reporting by university employees. 

AB1434 will now go back to the Assembly.