WASHINGTON — Today the United States Senate passed the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act, known locally as Kilah’s Law in North Carolina.
The United States House of Representatives passed the new bill in December.
Governor Pat McCrory signed Kilah’s Law into effect in North Carolina in April of 2013.
The law is named after a 3-year-old girl who was brutally beaten by her step-father in 2012. Kilah died on March 13, 2014.
The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act would force the U.S. Attorney General to examine state child abuse laws and could strengthen punishments.
The bill will now go to the White House for final approval.