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Senate Oks bill expanding child abuse reporting

ATLANTA (AP) - The Senate has approved legislation that would expand the requirements for most adults to report witnessing or receiving information about alleged child abuse in Georgia.

The Senate voted 49-2 to pass the bill. Clergy and attorneys would be exempt under certain circumstances.

Under the proposal, adults must report if they witness sexual abuse, someone causing cruel or excessive physical or mental pain to a child or receives reliable information that child abuse has occurred. People must make an oral report by phone to a law enforcement agency within 72 hours of observing or receiving the information.

Anyone who fails to report such abuse would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The bill now moves to the House.

Online: http://www.legis.ga.gov

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