AB 1435 adds athletic coaches to the list of mandated reporters in California. Deemed the Sandusky bill, it seems odd that it took this long to realize there are a lot of sexual molestation claims related to coaches, walk-on coaches, and athletic departments.
The bill’s author states that athletic personnel were not explicitly include in the penal code definition of mandated reporters. The bill covers athletic personnel working in k-12, inclusive, school districts. The original code text covered teachers and classified personnel at school districts, so athletic personnel were already covered, but the author wanted to make sure that it was explicit and not implied.