The bill already passed in the Maryland House of Delegates and will head to Governor Martin O'Malley's desk for his signature.
It would make it a misdemeanor to prevent people who are required to report child abuse, such as teachers and police officers, from doing so.
People who are found guilty could receive up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Delegate Michael Hough (R), of
Senator Chris Shank (R), of