Saturday, February 4, 2006

Virginia Senate Passes Bill Requiring Clergy to Report Child Abuse

By a vote of 21-18, the Virginia Senate approved a bill this week requiring clergy to report child abuse.  The bill has drawn opposition from the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists who contend that the legislation would essentially make ministers law-enforcement agents of the state and deter abusers from seeking pastoral counseling.  The bill now moves to the House of Delegates where similar legislation has failed two years in a row in the House Courts of Justice Committee. However, it is thought that recent changes in the committee's membership may help improve the bill's chances this year. Source:  AP, Wjla.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited February 4, 2006, reo).  Virginia State Senate Bill No. 253 may be found here.

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