MANDATORY REPORTING: Bill Ready To Be Signed

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A bill that would require employees of Iowa colleges who interact with children to report suspected physical or sexual abuse is awaiting the governor’s signature.

The bill was drawn up in the wake of the Penn State sex scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. He’s accused of sexually abusing at least 10 boys during a 10 year period. Some of the abuse was alleged to have happened on campus. Several school officials were fired for covering up the incidents or failing to notify authorities.

The bill says schools must write a policy and develop procedures for employees. It also says employees cannot be retaliated against for reporting abuse.

The legislation applies to Iowa public, private, and community colleges.

The bill also calls for a committee to study ways to better train mandatory reporters.

The Iowa Senate passed the legislation in February and the Iowa House approved it Wednesday.