House unanimously approves Kilah's Act (video available)
Dec 9, 2013
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December 9, 2013
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KILAH DAVENPORT CHILD PROTECTION ACT UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WASHINGTON – The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013 was officially approved by the United States House of Representatives on Monday, passing unanimously with full bipartisan support.
“Sweet Kilah should never have become the face of child abuse legislation,” said Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), “but I admire her family for working tirelessly to bring much good out of great evil, using Kilah’s horrific abuse as a rallying cry to strengthen child abuse penalties across America.”
The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act (H.R. 3627) directs the Attorney General to issue a report within six months detailing the penalties for child abuse in each state, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories, including whether or not the laws provide enhanced penalties in cases of severe child abuse. A follow-up report will be issued within three years.
“This report will show which states take child abuse seriously, and which states would give child abusers a slap on the wrist,” said Leslie Davenport, Kilah’s grandmother. “Our hope is that states with lenient penalties will be embarrassed into action by this legislation.”
Kilah Davenport was just three years old when she was severely beaten by her caregiver, leaving her with serious and permanent mental and physical disabilities. If convicted, Kilah’s alleged abuser will spend only four to six years in prison. The Kilah Davenport tragedy highlighted North Carolina’s inadequate child abuse laws, which were significantly strengthened earlier this year.
Earlier Monday, Senator Richard Burr (NC) introduced Senate legislation which mirrors H.R. 3627. Following Senate approval (schedule TBD), the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act will be sent to the White House for President Obama’s signature.
The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act (H.R. 3627) is the first legislation written, sponsored, and passed by Congressman Robert Pittenger.
- House debates and votes on Kilah’s Act (includes Congressman Pittenger’s tribute to Davenport family)
- House votes and unanimously approves Kilah’s Act