Governor signs Rep. Olthoff’s bill protecting children into law

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, March 12, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) bill into law that will create additional commonsense safety requirements for child care providers.

Olthoff’s measure will require applicants for a state child care facility license to provide proof of a business permit or license from their town, city or county. Olthoff said this will ensure local governments are aware of child care operations within their jurisdiction, allowing local officials and first responders to serve as an added layer of protection for children and families.

“I wanted to ensure parents that their children would be protected when choosing a child care provider, after a dangerous incident occurred at a daycare facility in Merrillville,” Olthoff said. “This new law will add an extra layer of protection to the system, affording local law enforcement more information to help prevent dangerous situations from occurring again.”

According to Olthoff, if any type of weapon is found accessible to children at a state-licensed child care home, center or ministry, this new law calls for its emergency closure.

Olthoff said this law will also enact a waiting period between the revocation of a child care license and reapplying for a new license. Under current law, if a license is revoked, a child care business can reapply for a license the very next business day. Olthoff’s legislation will allow the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to impose a waiting period of up to a year before accepting any such applications.

House Enrolled Act 1073 will go into effect July 1, 2018. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

-30-

State Rep. Julie Olthoff represents House District 19,

which includes a portion of Lake and Porter counties.

A high-resolution photo of Olthoff can be found here.