Governor Deal Visits Macon, Signs Child Care Bill

7:01 PM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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Convicted criminals hoping to get a job in child care will have a harder time getting through the background check system due to the signing of a new childcare bill.

Governor Nathan Deal flew into Macon and made a stop at St. Andrews Montessori School to sign the bill.

Deal says the bill will require all new applicants to provide fingerprints during a background check. 

Criminal background checks will also be in the hands of law enforcement agencies instead of private companies.

Also, in the future, all childcare employees will have to provide fingerprints.

"This is just a way of giving parents a degree of comfort that the individuals who are going to be working with their children are the right kind of people," Deal explained.

Georgia State Senator Cecil Staton and state representatives Allen Peake, and Robert Dickey were alongside Governor Deal during the signing.

Representative Peake sponsored the legislation.

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