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          Date of Hearing:  June 29, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          SB 1178  
          (Vidak) - As Introduced February 18, 2016


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          Urgency:  Yes State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction  
          (SPI) to create a poster in the top five languages that notifies  
          children of the appropriate telephone number to call to report  
          child abuse or neglect. Specifically, this bill:


          1)Authorizes the SPI to partner with local, state, and federal  
            agencies, as well as nonprofit entities, to design the content  
            of the poster.


          2)Requires the SPI, on or before July 1, 2017, to post on the  








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            department's Web site, all five versions of the poster for  
            public download.


          3)Encourages school districts, charter schools, and private  
            schools to post the appropriate version or versions of the  
            poster in an area of the school where pupils frequently  
            congregate. 


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          One-time costs to the California Department of Education of  
          approximately $10,000 to work with the Office of Child Abuse  
          Prevention at the Department of Social Services to create, edit,  
          design, and prepare the poster for printing and translation  
          services.


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose. According to the author, child abuse affects children  
          of every age, race, and income level and often comes from a  
          person the child knows and trusts. The author states that  
          mandated reporting laws only work to the extent that employees  
          are able to identify the signs of abuse and notes there may be  
          times when a victim may not display any signs.  The author also  
          states that the Texas Department of Family and Protective  
          Services received 38,000 more calls of suspected abuse following  
          the 2013 enactment of a law similar to one proposed by this  
          bill. 


          


          Analysis Prepared by:Misty Feusahrens / APPR. / (916)  








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