The Senate recently passed a bill co-authored by State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) to strengthen standards for child care services in Indiana.
Senate Bill (SB) 305 would improve child care by establishing sanitation and safety standards for providers who accept Child Care Development Fund vouchers. The legislation establishes guidelines for facility and transportation safety, sanitation and bathroom hygiene, discipline policies, and infant care. SB 305 also equalizes standards and rights of due process to child care services offered through religious establishments.
For child care providers who violate health and safety requirements, the legislation outlines the necessary review procedures, including the possible loss of licensure.
SB 305 passed unanimously out of the Health and Provider Services Committee by a vote of 8-0 and the full Senate by a vote of 50-0 before moving to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
Sen. Taylor represents Senate District 33 which includes portions of Wayne, Pike, Washington and Center townships in Marion County. For more information on Sen. Taylor, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit http://www.IN.gov/s33.