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Bill would remove homelessness as abuse criteria

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation to remove homelessness as an automatic reason for reporting child abuse or neglect.

AB652 by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says people who are required by law to report suspected child abuse should not be forced to do so based on homelessness alone.

Sen. Carol Liu says many homeless teenagers do not seek help because they are afraid of being referred to police or child welfare. The La Canada-Flintridge Democrat says many are homeless after fleeing abuse.

Republican Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine said AB652 is the wrong way to help homeless teens. He says family problems “should be addressed so the child can return to a loving home.”

The Senate passed the bill 24-12 Tuesday, sending it to the governor.

 

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