STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2018) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) bill that creates additional commonsense safety requirements for child care providers is headed to the governor’s desk.
Olthoff’s measure would 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 would 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.
“A dangerous daycare incident in Merrillville made me realize that officials at the local level need the ability to oversee child care operations,” Olthoff said. “This legislation would enable local officials to act quickly if they discover an unsafe environment. Unsafe conditions for children are unacceptable and I want to be sure locals are given all the necessary notifications and tools to prevent these situations from occurring again.”
According to Olthoff, if any type of weapon is found in a place accessible to children at a state-licensed child care home, center or ministry, this bill would allow for its emergency closure.
Olthoff said this bill would 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 would allow the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to impose a waiting period of up to a year before accepting any such applications.
Olthoff’s bill can now be considered by the governor. To learn more about HEA 1073, visit iga.in.gov.
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.