Text: H.R.6498 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6498

To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to determine the extent to which reports of suspected or known instances of child abuse or neglect involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as intrastate, interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal, are screened out solely on the basis of the cross-jurisdictional complications, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 7, 2010

Mrs. McCarthy of New York introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to determine the extent to which reports of suspected or known instances of child abuse or neglect involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as intrastate, interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal, are screened out solely on the basis of the cross-jurisdictional complications, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title; References.

(a) Short title.—This Act may be cited as the “Protecting Children Across State Lines Act”.

(b) References.—Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.).

SEC. 2. Research and Assistance Activities.

Section 104(a) (42 U.S.C. 5105(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)(I)—

(A) by striking “and” at the end of clause (ix);

(B) by redesignating clause (x) as clause (xi); and

(C) by inserting after clause (ix), the following:

“(x) the extent to which reports of suspected or known instances of child abuse or neglect involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as intrastate, interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal are being screened out solely on the basis of the cross-jurisdictional complications; and”; and

(2) in paragraph (2), by striking “subparagraphs (i) through (ix)” and inserting “clauses (i) through (x)”.

SEC. 3. Training programs.

Section 105(a)(1) (42 U.S.C. 5106(a)(1)) is amended—

(1) by striking “and” at the end of subparagraph (I);

(2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (J) and inserting “; and”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(K) for developing the best practices for the handling of reports of suspected or known child abuse or neglect related fatalities involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as intrastate, interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal.”.

SEC. 4. Annual State Data Reports.

Section 106(d)(2) (42 U.S.C. 5106a(d)(2))—

(1) by striking “or” at the end of subparagraph (B);

(2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (C) and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(D) screened out due to cross-jurisdictional complications.”.

SEC. 5. Grants to States for programs relating to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases.

Section 107 (42 U.S.C. 5106c)—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) by striking “and” at the end of paragraph (3);

(B) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (4) and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(5) the handling of reports of suspected or known instances of child abuse or neglect, including those reports involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as intrastate, interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal, in a manner that ensures appropriate action is taken to protect children.”;

(2) in subsection (d)—

(A) in paragraph (1)—

(i) by inserting “intrastate,” before “interstate”; and

(ii) by striking “and” at the end;

(B) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); and

(C) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

“(2) review the handling of reports of suspected or known instances of child abuse or neglect involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as intrastate, interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal, including efforts to coordinate and ensure appropriate action is taken; and”; and

(3) in subsection (e)—

(A) in paragraph (1)(A), by inserting “intrastate,” before “interstate”; and

(B) in paragraph (1)(C), by inserting “, which may include those children involved in reports of child abuse or neglect with a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as intrastate, interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal,” after “protection for children”.