Virginia House passes bills inspired by Penn State scandal

Without debate, the Virginia House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Monday to a handful of bills inspired by the child sexual abuse scandal last year at Penn State University.

The bills — HB3, HB970 and HB1237 — would spell out who is required to report suspected child abuse, would reduce the deadline to report and would increase the punishment for those who do not.

They would add coaches and leaders of private sports teams to the list of people the law would require to report abuse or neglect of children to the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Allegations against former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky led to the firing of coach Joe Paterno and school President Graham Spanier.

A final vote is expected Tuesday.

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