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Saddled Up on the Trail

Attorney General Mike Hunter and newly appointed Department of Human Services Director Justin Brown called for a renewed focus on stopping child abuse and neglect last week.

The two public official’s call to action coincides with Senate Bill 576 going into effect last month as schools around the state resumed classes.

SB 576 amends the requirements for public school employees to report any suspected child abuse to DHS and law enforcement authorities. The new law emphasizes and clarifies the need for reporting, and also keeps the name of the reporting party confidential.

Hunter said that he was sending a letter to law enforcement across the state pledging his office’s support in assisting with child abuse investigations.

“Child abuse is a horrific, devastating and unthinkable crime and my office stands ready to help agencies that may not have the resources necessary to handle these investigations,” said Hunter. “Director Brown and I agree that we should do everything in our power to ensure this new law does not create a burden on them.”



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