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Bill Discourages Heavy-Handed Daycare Inspections

Bill Discourages Heavy-Handed Daycare Inspections

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's commercial daycare centers win a victory after the House passed a bill yesterday discouraging heavy-handed inspections.

The bill that would bar state regulators from investigating anonymous complaints will now head to the governor for his signature.

Proponents of the bill say it protects daycare centers from frivolous complaints filed by disgruntled employees and deadbeat parents.

Under the bill, follow-up on anonymous complaints would be limited to discussing the allegations with daycare staff during routine, annual check ups.

But critics fear the bill will discourage whistle-blowers from coming forward.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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