Rep. May’s bill requiring background checks on day care workers heads to governor

Rep. May’s bill requiring background checks  on day care workers heads to governor

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, March 10, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2020) – State Rep. Chris May’s (R-Bedford) legislation requiring national criminal history background checks on all employees and volunteers at licensed child care facilities could soon be law.

Currently, only volunteers and employees having direct contact with children must submit to a background check. If signed into law by the governor, all workers at day care facilities will be vetted for any criminal history. Failure to do so could result in a child care center’s license being revoked.

“It’s paramount that we do everything we can to protect our children,” May said. “This is a simple measure that ensures anyone with easy access to kids hasn’t been previously convicted of any crimes, particularly those involving adolescents.”

In its latest data, the United States Children’s Bureau estimates 678,000 children were victims of maltreatment in 2018.

“Any way we can further ensure the safety of children, without causing undue burden, is worth pursuing,” May said. “Most day cares provide a safe environment, but closing any loopholes in the law will help guarantee that remains the case.”

House Enrolled Act 1264 now goes to the governor for consideration as a new law. For more information, 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) presents to the House of Representatives his bill that would expand background checks on all employees and volunteers at licensed child care facilities Monday, March 9, 2020, at the Statehouse. This bill can now be considered by the governor as a new law.