AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine bill requiring training for people mandated to report suspected child abuse is headed to Gov. Paul LePage for his potential signature.

The bill is designed to require people such as doctors, teachers and religious leaders to undergo periodic trainings in how to spot warning signs of child abuse. The Maine Senate unanimously approved the bill on Tuesday.

The state designates dozens of types of professionals as “mandated reporters” who must report suspected child abuse or neglect to the state Department of Health and Human Services. The required training would happen every four years.


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