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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 31, 2020 09:08 AM
From: Representative Isabella V. Fitzgerald
To: All House members
Subject: Child Care Centers: Environmental Health Assessment
When we send our children to day care, we do so assuming their safety will come first. However, under current law, day cares are not required to perform environmental health assessments before operating. This could mean day care centers are operating in buildings that were once home to dry cleaners, nail salons, funeral homes, and other businesses that typically use hazardous chemicals in their day-to-day operations. These chemicals could be left behind and potentially harm the children attending the day care center, especially over time.

Accordingly, I will be introducing legislation to require that new day care centers, should they wish to operate in a building that previously housed a high-hazard business, perform environmental health assessments to ensure that the building is free of harmful chemicals and safe to house children.

We can never be too careful when it comes to our children. As public servants, it is our duty to protect the safety and well-being of the future generation. Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

Introduced as HB807