Senate Passes Delozier Bill to Notify Courts of Child Abuse Allegations in PFA Proceedings
HARRISBURG – For the third time this year, legislation authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) is headed to the governor for his approval.

On Wednesday, the Senate approved House Bill 44 without amendment. It would require courts to have complete records regarding whether a child subject to a Protection from Abuse (PFA) proceeding has been abused or is the subject of a child abuse investigation.

“I’m pleased to see this bill reach the finish line after six years of work,” Delozier said. “It is important for the court to have a full picture when making PFA decisions. This is another step in protecting our children from abuse and ensure they are in the safest environment possible.”

More specifically, the bill would require a plaintiff in a PFA case to notify the courts if he or she has knowledge of a substantiated child abuse investigation so that the courts will know that a PFA order issued may have a legal impact on the defendant in the realm of child abuse. The petition also would set forth the name of the investigative agency.

The bill is the result of recommendations made by the Task Force on Child Protection in 2012.

The 88th Legislative District in Cumberland County includes Lower Allen and Upper Allen townships and the boroughs of Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, Shiremanstown and Wormleysburg.

Representative Sheryl Delozier
88th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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