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Lawmaker Says Bill to Prevent Child Abuse in Schools Mothballed by PA House

A state senator is urging his House colleagues to get moving on a proposal to prevent child abuse in Pennsylvania schools.

Philadelphia Democrat Tony Williams says his measure aims to stop what’s called “passing the trash” — allowing people accused of child sexual abuse to relocate to another school without their new employer being aware of their history.

He says his bill would require more thorough background checks, and make school districts exchange any records they have on prospective hires.

"Mine is allowing employers to share information which is traditionally not done," Williams said.

Williams touted his proposal alongside federal legislation with similar intent being pushed by Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

A bill has been passed by the U.S. House that would require state and federal background checks for school employees in all states.

It would also prohibit schools from knowingly recommending a known pedophile to a school in another state.