Rep. Phillips-Hill to host seminar on child abuse law


A bill signed into law last year that requires additional background checks for employees and volunteers who work with children was obviously well-intended but a little fuzzy on the details.

So a second bill that clarifies parts of the previous bill was drafted, passed and signed into law, Act 15 of 2015, by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this month.

Now some people, mainly volunteers with service clubs and other organizations, who work with children are left scratching this heads as they try to figure out what rules they have to abide by.

That's where Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township, is stepping in. She'll host a seminar to address the recent changes involving child protection laws.

"They (lawmakers) realized there a lot of unintended consequences and confusion," she said of the original legislation. "There's just so many questions."

The bills: The original measures were enacted in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State University. The disgraced former football coach was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012.

The latest bill does a host of things, such as:

•Allowing employees with multiple jobs with children to get just one background check clearance instead of one for each job.

•Pushing back the date for which volunteers are required to begin getting clearances from July 1, 2015, to Aug. 25.

•Exempting minor employees from obtaining an FBI criminal history background check if the minor has been a resident of Pennsylvania for 10 years.

During the seminar, a representative from the state Department of Human Services will go over those changes and others. The representative will have handouts so attendees can take the information back to volunteer groups.

The seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Dallastown Area Intermediate School, 94 Beck Road, according to a news release from Phillips-Hill's office.

Though the seminar will be held in her district, Phillips-Hill said anyone, even if they aren't one of her constituents, can attend.

Pre-registration is not required.