INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Church and home day cares in Indiana that accept taxpayer funding would have to meet new safety regulations under a proposal advancing in the state Legislature.
The Indiana House voted 71-24 on Wednesday to approve the bill covering unlicensed day care providers. Its provisions would limit the number of children per caregiver and at each operation.
The Indianapolis Star reports its investigation last year found at least 22 children have died in Indiana day cares since 2009, with 16 of those deaths in unlicensed day cares.
Bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Mahan of Hartford City says the new rules would better protect children.
The bill now goes to the Senate. Similar legislative proposals have failed before, with opponents saying the regulations would infringe on the religious freedom of church ministries.