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Bill Would Give Parents Access to Childcare Provider Backgrounds

March 2, 1999
By: Karyn Dest
State Capital Bureau
Links: HCS HB 490
Missouri parents will know more about who's looking after their kids if one St. Louis representative gets her way. Karyn Dest reports from Jefferson City.

A bill that would give parents access to background information on childcare providers was approved by the House in a party-line vote.

The Republican-opposed bill will allow parents to find out whether their childcare providers have criminal records.

Jefferson County Democratic Representative Kate Hollingsworth sponsored the bill. She says it would only affect licensed childcare providers, and not babysitters.

Actuality:HOLLINGS
RunTime: 5 seconds
OutCue: "CARE OF THEIR CHILDREN."
Contents: Hollingsworth says the bill is a resource for parents looking into the care of their children.

The bill has one more round of votes in the House before moving to the Senate.

In Jefferson City, I'm Karyn Dest.