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March 6, 2015

State Committee Approves New Child Abuse Law

SD State Affairs Committee approved Senate Bill 70, requiring a mandatory reporter be available for the initial disclosure or evidence of child abuse or neglect.  According to the Rapid City Journal, the committee voted against Senate Bill 71, preventing Jolene's Law Task Force from continuing child abuse studies in SD, for an additional year.   Jolene Loetscher, was a victim of sexual abuse as a teenager and has talked publicly about her story.  Loetscher views the vote against the SB71 as heartbreaking because there is "so much more we need to do.”

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