DeLissio legislation to support efforts to fight child abuse advances

HARRISBURG, April 28 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, minority chair of the Pennsylvania House Children and Youth Committee, announced that her legislation to provide a convenient way for Pennsylvania residents to support efforts to fight child abuse was reported out of the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

“Child abuse and its devastating and long-lasting effects are among the issues that we have focused on in the House Children and Youth Committee. This legislation would make it easy for Pennsylvania residents to support important work being done to prevent abuse and neglect, and I’m pleased the Transportation Committee has advanced it,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila.

House Bill 2437, which had bipartisan support among co-sponsors, would allow individuals renewing vehicle registrations or a driver’s license to include an optional $5 donation to the Children’s Trust Fund, which awards grants to community-based programs to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Funding for the Children’s Trust Fund is currently generated by a $10 surcharge on all applications for marriage licenses and divorce complaints, and donations may also be made on state tax returns. The fund has seen a decline in funding through marriage licenses and divorce complaint applications in the past 10 years.

DeLissio introduced the bill with Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, as a co-prime sponsor. Delozier is the Children and Youth Committee’s majority chair.

The Transportation Committee voted unanimously to approve the bill, which advanced to the full House for consideration.