Child abuse; mandatory reporting, penalty. (SB622)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mandatory reporting of child abuse; penalty; damages.  Adds individuals associated with or employed by any public organization responsible for the care, custody, or control of children, any person employed by a public or private institution of higher education, and any other person with responsibility for the care, control, or custody of children to the list of individuals required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The bill increases the penalty for failure of a person required 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 »


02/03/2012: Merged into SB239


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12104181D
01/20/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/23/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB622)
01/27/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB622)
01/30/2012Assigned Rehab sub: Social Services
02/03/2012Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services (SB239-Stuart) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1237.