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California Bills Target Child Abuse Reporting Laws in Wake of Penn State Scandal

Two California state lawmakers are introducing bills designed to prevent the type of molestation scandal that has rocked Penn State University.

State Sen. Juan Vargas wants to hold coaches at all public and private colleges accountable for reporting instances of sexual abuse.

Legislation planned by Assemblyman Ricardo Lara would strip nonprofits of their tax-exempt status if they are caught concealing, fostering or failing to report child sexual abuse.

The Democratic lawmakers announced their legislation Wednesday.

They are among many state lawmakers across the country seeking to close various legal loopholes that have come to light in the wake of the sex abuse scandal in which a former Penn State assistant football coach is charged with molesting eight boys.

Many of the bills being considered would expand the list of mandated reporters.