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PA Lawmakers Mulling New Child Labor Law Provision

September 30, 2010

No state in the country that has child labor laws on the books requires background checks on employees in the entertainment industry who are working with minors. If the commonwealth adopts House Bill 2515 or House Bill 19, Pennsylvania would be the first to require them.

“Several former child stars have already come out and reported sexual assaults,” Alison Arngrim, who is best known for her time on “Little House on the Prairie,” said at a hearing before the state House Labor Relations Committee in Harrisburg Sept. 22. “It happens all the time.”

Jon Provost, the star of “Lassie” in the late 1950s and early 1960s, also testified in favor of House Bill 2515.

“There are 10 pages of rules and regulations protecting spiders and insects but only one-and-a-half protecting our children,” he said. “If we can protect them more than we can our kids, something needs to change.” Read More