ANNAPOLIS, MD - A bill to make it illegal to cover up child abuse passed in the Maryland Senate with a unanimous vote. The bill already passed in the Maryland House of Delegates and will head to Governor Martin O'Malley's desk for his signature.
It would make it a misdemeanor to prevent people who are required to report child abuse, such as teachers and police officers, from doing so. People who are found guilty could receive up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Delegate Michael Hough (R), of Frederick and Washington Counties sponsored the bill. Senator Chris Shank (R), of Washington County, sponsored it on the senate side.