Lawmakers negotiating child care regulations

Indiana Statehouse
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State lawmakers opened the week pondering whether day care providers should face greater child health and safety regulations if they take taxpayer money.

Negotiators met Monday to consider new regulations, but took no final action on the issue.

The current proposal would require all child care operations that receive taxpayer money to create nutritional and safety standards. The bill also would set limits on the number of children each caretaker could oversee at one time.

The legislation comes amid increasing scrutiny of child care safety. The owner of an unlicensed day care in Indianapolis is facing charges after four children in her care were hospitalized last month for Benadryl overdoses.

The House and Senate face a Friday deadline to approve a final version of the bill.

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