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This bill is substantively the same as when we reported on it in its original chamber. We continue to remain neutral. The second chamber sponsor is Representative Naishtat.
Original chamber analysis
The bill would extend state criminal background check requirements for child care facilities to include listed or registered family homes and group day-care homes in order to comply with the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant. These facilities receive federal subsidies and would be required to submit a complete set of fingerprints to the Department of Family and Protective Services to determine if an employee or provider is a registered sex offender. The bill would exclude family homes where the child-care provider is related to the children.
The legislation only applies to day care facilities that are subsidy recipients of the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Since the bill would not increase regulation for fully private child care providers, we do not have an issue with SB 1496. We remain neutral.