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Bill to reduce mandatory child abuse reporters passes Idaho committee

The legislation removes the requirement for most Idaho residents, leaving only teachers, doctors, police officials and social workers as mandatory reporters.
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Sad little boy sitting on the floor with bear toy, covering his face and crying. Child abuse.

BOISE, Idaho — A bill that would reduce the number of people required to report suspected child abuse narrowly won approval from a panel of Idaho lawmakers. 

The Times-News reports the House Judiciary and Rules Committee approved the bill in a 9-8 vote. 

Currently, anyone in the state who sees evidence of child abuse, abandonment or neglect is required to report that evidence to law enforcement, and those who don’t can be charged with a misdemeanor. 

The legislation approved by the committee on Wednesday would remove that requirement for most Idaho residents, leaving only teachers, doctors, law enforcement officials and social workers as mandatory reporters.   

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