H. R. 3617
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 8, 2011
Ms. Clarke of New York introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require States receiving funds under section 106 of such Act to have in effect a State law providing for a criminal penalty on a person who has knowledge of child abuse or neglect, but fails to report such abuse or neglect to a law enforcement official or child protective services.
This Act may be cited as the
See Something, Say Something
Requirement for States receiving grants for child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment programs
Section 106(b)(2) of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5106a(b)(2)) is amended—
(F), by striking
and at the end;
(G), by striking the period at the end and inserting
; and; and
by adding at the end the following:
an assurance in the form of a certification by the Governor of the State that the State has in effect and is enforcing a State law providing for a criminal penalty on any person 18 years of age or older who fails to report to a State or local law enforcement official or child protective services that the person has knowledge of child abuse or neglect that occurred in the State.
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect on December 31, 2013.