HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill to foster and expand facilities to help detect and prevent child abuse is on its way to Gov. Tom Corbett.
The state House voted overwhelmingly Monday in favor of the measure that concerns children's advocacy centers in Pennsylvania.
The need to expand such regional centers was recommended by a legislative task force established soon after former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child molestation charges.
The bill funds the centers with a $10 surcharge on the cost of obtaining duplicate birth certificates. The legislation also sets up a committee that would recommend how to administer the new funding.
Supporters say the additional funding should expand the existing system of 21 centers across Pennsylvania. The centers bring together experts from various fields to help abused children.