Maine bus drivers eyed in abuse reporting bill

Posted March 26, 2009, at 11:07 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to add Maine school bus drivers and attendants to the list of those who must report suspected child abuse has won the support of a legislative committee.

The Judiciary Committee on Tuesday endorsed the bill, sending it to the full Legislature for votes.

Maine has a long list of people required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. It includes dentists, teachers, film processors, child care workers and others. Those on the list must take training and report abuse to the state.

Supporters of the bill sponsored by Rep. Rob Eaton, D-Sullivan, say school bus drivers and attendants are another important piece of the abuse-prevention puzzle.

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