Mo. lawmakers approve child care legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defendants in cases of abuse, neglect or death of children could be barred from providing child care services under legislation approved by state lawmakers.

The measure would allow judges to prohibit people from providing child care services for pay until the case is resolved. The courts would notify state health and social services agencies in those cases.

The legislation is named after Sam Pratt, a young boy who died at a day care center in Pilot Knob in 2009. The owner continued operating the business after being charged in the case

House members on Friday approved the legislation 146-0. It previously passed the Senate, so it now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Child care bills is HB1323

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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