Rep. Lyman announces Senator McCay as the Senate Sponsor for Lyman’s already filed Clergy “Duty to Report” Bill

“The tremendous emotion surrounding my Clergy’s “Duty to Report” Bill is profound.  The outreach, the individual experiences, and the pleadings from people across Utah are both heartbreaking and inspiring.”

“My Bill removes the carve-out which allows Clergy NOT to report child abuse.  This carve-out, as found in State statute 62A-4a-403, specifically reads:

“Subject to Subsection (4), the reporting requirement described in Subsection (1) does not apply to:

(a) a member of the clergy, with regard to any confession made to the member of the clergy while functioning in the ministerial capacity of the member of the clergy and without the consent of the individual making the confession, if:

(i) the perpetrator made the confession directly to the member of the clergy; and
(ii) the member of the clergy is, under canon law or church doctrine or practice, bound to maintain the confidentiality of that confession”

“This issue demands full transparency and input from all. Everyone must have a seat at the table.”

“I am both honored and humbled to have Senator Dan McCay’s support and sponsorship as we work through this critical legislation.” 

“Your voice matters and I value your experience.  I want to hear from you.  Please email me at [email protected].”

Representative Phil Lyman