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Taylor initiatives effective July 1
Start Date: 7/10/2013 All Day
End Date: 7/10/2013
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Senator authored, sponsored major child care and criminal code measures

INDIANAPOLIS—In an effort to provide additional oversight of child care facilities around the state, State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) guided a number of measures through the General Assembly this past legislative session that became effective July 1, 2013. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 305, authored by Sen. Taylor, seeks to streamline and strengthen standards of child care providers across Indiana. The measure establishes safety and sanitation guidelines in areas such as bathroom hygiene and transportation safety for establishments that are licensed and accept Child Care Development Fund vouchers as payment. The legislation also equalizes standards and investigative procedures across private care providers and child care services offered through religious establishments.

Sen. Taylor sponsored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1494, an act that requires child care providers, their employees and their volunteers to undergo national criminal history background checks before receiving licenses or beginning work. Child care providers conduct only local background checks, which may not detect felonies related to the health or safety of a child, as well as previous sex offenses. Employers must report all arrests, criminal investigations and convictions to the Family and Social Services Administration. A child care provider who employs an individual convicted of crimes relating to the health and safety of a child may receive a variety of penalties, including possible loss of licensure or becoming ineligible to accept child care vouchers as a form of payment.

Other new laws that Sen. Taylor guided through the legislative process include: SEA 345 requiring schools to adopt rules concerning the proper use of restraints and seclusion in schools; HEA 1482 allowing individuals to expunge records of an individual’s arrest that was not prosecuted or whose conviction was overturned on appeal; and HEA 1108 providing sentencing alternatives for youthful offenders that commit certain offences.

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 www.IN.gov/s33.

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Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: ESHROCK@iga.in.gov
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