Legislation passed by the General Assembly in recent weeks calls for every employee of the state’s roughly 6,300 licensed child care facilities to undergo a comprehensive, fingerprint-based background check. The bill is aimed at preventing those with a prior felony conviction from working around children. Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill into law.
Current law requires only the director of a child care facility to pass the more comprehensive check. Under the legislation, all employees will have to pass the check before being eligible to work at a licensed child care facility in the state.
Republican Rep. Allen Peake of Macon sponsored the bill and calls it a “public safety issue.”