Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Adds members of a school board, the Chicago Board of Education, or the governing body of a private school as mandated reporters. Provides that any person who knowingly and willfully violates any mandated-reporter provision of the Act other than a second or subsequent violation of transmitting a false report is guilty of a Class 4 felony (instead of a Class A misdemeanor) for a first violation and a Class 3 (instead of Class 4) felony for a second or subsequent violation. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Provides that a member of a school board, a local school council, the Chicago Board of Education, or the governing body of a private school, while acting in his or her official capacity, who acquires actual knowledge that a child who is enrolled in the school or school district that is subject to the board or body of which he or she is a member is an abused child as defined in the Act shall immediately report that knowledge to the Department of Children and Family Services or cause such a report to be made to the Department. Provides that if any such board or body has directed one of its members or employees to make a report to the Department, the members of that board or body (other than the member directed to report) shall be deemed to have fulfilled their duty to report under the Act. Effective immediately.