The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 4, 2011

Penn State scandal a concern for W.Va. lawmakers?

By Mannix Porterfield
Register-Herald Reporter

CHARLESTON — So far, the Penn State sex abuse scandal hasn’t set off any tremors under the dome in West Virginia’s Capitol.

That doesn’t mean the fallout from the stunning case against a former Nittany Lions assistant football coach hasn’t been considered by state lawmakers.

In fact, Senate President Jeffrey Kessler, D-Marshall, wants a complete assessment of West Virginia’s child abuse reporting obligations, and admittedly his call was inspired by the Penn State debacle that chased legendary coach Joe Paterno into early retirement.

“We will take whatever steps necessary to protect our children,” Kessler said in a statement Friday, noting his judiciary chairman, Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, already is looking at existing statutes to see if they need to be revisited.

Palumbo said he is in sync with Kessler’s view that the law should be given more teeth.

See complete story in Monday's edition of The Register-Herald.