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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 675         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 40

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael R. Knapik

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the reporting of child abuse to local law enforcement officials.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 675        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 40

By Mr. Knapik, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 40) of Michael R. Knapik, Bruce E. Tarr, Robert L. Hedlund, Richard J. Ross and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the reporting of child abuse to local law enforcement officials.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 53 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the reporting of child abuse to local law enforcement officials.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 112 section 12A as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in line 5, after the word “body,” the following:-“or treating any injury resulting from abuse inflicted upon a child under the age of eighteen which causes harm or substantial risk of harm to the child’s health or welfare including sexual abuse, or from neglect, including malnutrition, or who is determined to be physically dependent upon an addictive drug at birth,”

              SECTION 2. Chapter 112 section 12A as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in line 8, after the word “state police” the following:-“district attorney”

              SECTION 3. Chapter 112 section 12A as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in line 16, after the word “instrument” the following:-“or examining or treating any injury resulting from abuse inflicted upon a child under the age of eighteen which causes harm or substantial risk of harm to the child’s health or welfare including sexual abuse, or from neglect, including malnutrition, or who is determined to be physically dependent upon an addictive drug at birth”

              SECTION 4. Chapter 112 section 12A as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in line 26, after the word “instrument” the following:-“or any injury resulting from abuse inflicted upon a child under the age of eighteen which causes harm or substantial risk of harm to the child’s health or welfare including sexual abuse, or from neglect, including malnutrition, or who is determined to be physically dependent upon an addictive drug at birth;”

              SECTION 5. No physician, medical intern, or hospital personnel engaged in the examination, care or treatment of children, who are so required to report abuse pursuant to this section, shall be held liable in any civil or criminal action by reason of such report. No physician, medical intern, or hospital personnel making such report and sharing any other information which the person reporting believes might be helpful in establishing the cause of the injuries, shall be liable in any civil or criminal action by reason of such report if it was made in good faith; provided, however, that such person did not perpetrate or inflict said abuse or cause said neglect. Any individual making such report who, in the determination of the department or the district attorney may have perpetrated or inflicted said abuse or cause said neglect, may be liable in a civil or criminal conviction.

              SECTION 6. No employer of those persons required to report pursuant to this section shall discharge, or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against, any person who in good faith makes such a report, testifies or is about to testify in any proceeding involving child abuse or neglect. Any such employer, who discharges, discriminates or retaliates against such a person shall be liable to such person for treble damages, costs and attorney’s fees.

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