Friday, February 10, 2006

Heartless State Legislators in Virginia...

Oversight is not required when it comes to the safety of our children. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Republicans are trying to ease oversight rules for recreational "local government-run day care."

The way the law reads today, day cares must have one adult for every 10 children, but these laws are costing day cares $$$. So never mind that children’s security would be compromised if restrictions were lifted, keep in mind your low state taxes as you meekly move along.

Running a day care with such reasonable restrictions is just too "expensive," bemoaned Sen. Stephen D. Newman, R-Lynchburg.

Wah, wah, wah.
The Senate passed SB257 on Thursday by a 35-3 vote. The bill would remove the Deparment of Social Services’ licensing authority over local government-run programs. It now goes to the House for consideration.
The House has already passed its own version that extends relief to privately run recreational day cares. No doubt, more than few day care centers will now begin to claim to be "recreational."

And forget about formal education. Currently, daycare workers must have at least a GED, but the new law would do away with such a Draconian requirement.

Suzanne Clark Johnson, president of Voices for Virginia’s Children, said she worries that if local governments set their own standards they’ll be more concerned about the costs than what’s appropriate for children.
Yes, legislators like to go on and on about children being the future of our country, as they stick it to the kids; all yap and no action.

The Pilot reports that "[l]ocal governments, including Virginia Beach [asked] legislators to spare their recreational programs from the law." And sponsoring the senate bill is none other than Sen. Frank W. Wagner of Virginia Beach.

You might wanna keep this little gem of a law in mind when you vacation and drop off your kids for a couple of hours of sun and golf.

Hey Mimi,

Great job! Very nice blog.
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