Child abuse; mandatory reporting by employees of certain public organizations, penalty. (HB1266)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mandatory reporting of child abuse; penalty; damages.  Adds persons associated with or employed by a public organization responsible for the care, custody or control of children to the list of mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect, and increases the penalty for failure to make a mandatory report of suspected child abuse or neglect from $500 for the first failure and not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for any subsequent failures to a Class 1 misdemeanor, except that in cases involving sexual abuse or that result in serious bodily injury to or death of a child, the individual is guilty of a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides that any individual who suffers a loss as a result of the failure of a person required to make a mandatory report to make the required report shall be entitled to a civil action to recover damages, attorney fees, and court costs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12104222D
01/20/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB1266)
01/20/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/24/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/01/2012Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/14/2012Left in Courts of Justice