We are very excited to announce that Senate Bill 717 passed the Public Health Committee on April 4 with an 8-0 vote.
Next, the bill will be heard by the full House of Representatives, and we need your help to reach out to legislators so they’ll know why this bill is so important.
The Child Protection Coalition strongly supports the Restricted Registry legislation as a way to attack the problem of child abuse.
Through this legislation, employers will be required to cross-check registries so that an employee cannot have a substantiated abuse case at one type of facility and then go to another type of facility also dealing with children to be rehired. For example, a person who abused a child while working at a licensed daycare would have to be checked in the Restricted Registry before being hired at a facility operated by the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
We feel that this legislation will keep our most vulnerable children safe from abusive adults working in a variety of child care settings and institutions.
We anticipate that the Restricted Registry will go to the House floor in the coming days, so we ask that you click here to find the email and phone number for your Representative.
Our Coalition is strongest when we speak with one voice, and this definitely is an issue we can all get behind!