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Editorial: Thanks to mother for 'Jacobs Law' drive

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Editorial: Thanks to mother for 'Jacobs Law' drive
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Jacob's Law is a signature away from becoming part of the law of the state of Minnesota.

The bill passed both houses of the Legislature by wide margins and Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the bill today.

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The fact Jacob's Law will soon become a reality is a testament to the efforts and bravery of its Clara City champions -- Sarah Guggisberg and her 12-year-old son, Jacob.

Under this new law, state authorities will be required to inform both parents when a child is suspected of being a possible victim of neglect, physical or sexual abuse.

That is a critical point in today's world of divorced parent households where non-adult children spend time between parents.

Guggisberg has been the primary advocate for this law to make the both parent notification. In 2005, her ex-husband was notified that her son had been abused in another county, but she was never notified.

Her son never received appropriate treatment immediately, and four years later he attempted suicide. If Guggisberg had been notified, she would have sought treatment for her son years earlier.

Guggisberg talked to Rep. Bruce Vogel, R-Willmar, and he agreed to carry this legislation. Thank you to Vogel and the rest the legislators for their bipartisan support of this bill.

We commend Guggisberg and her son for bringing this important but difficult issue forward for the betterment of Minnesota. It will be beneficial and protect all children and parents involved in similar situations in the future.

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