Lawmakers negotiating child care regulations

(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Day care providers would face greater child health and safety regulations if they choose to take taxpayer money under a bill being considered by Indiana lawmakers.

The measure is up for negotiations Monday in the General Assembly.

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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