May’s legislation requiring extended background checks on all child care employees moves forward

May’s legislation requiring extended background  checks on all child care employees moves forward

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Chris May’s (R-Bedford) legislation that would require national criminal history background checks of all employees and volunteers at child care facilities.

Under current law, only those in direct contact with children at child care facilities are vetted. His legislation would ensure all employees and volunteers of child care centers and homes undergo a criminal history background check.

“Our children are our most vulnerable,” May said. “This legislation would eliminate a loophole that allows some who work in proximity of adolescents to bypass an important check if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime. It’s imperative we do everything we can to ensure the safety of children.”

The latest data available from the United States Children’s Bureau notes an estimated 678,000 children were determined to be victims of maltreatment in 2018. Child care facilities that do not screen everyone make it easier for abusers to find potential victims. This legislation would help ensure those tasked with the care of some of Indiana’s most vulnerable do not have criminal backgrounds.

For more information on House Bill 1264, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of
Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) discusses his legislation that would extend background checks to include all employees and volunteers of child care facilities Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Under current law, only employees and volunteers at child care facilities who have direct contact with children are required to undergo background checks.