Legislative Update

This afternoon, the Illinois Senate voted 59-0 in favor of HB 4412. This legislation authorizes providers to find their own third-party vendor to conduct fingerprinting.

During the summer, ILDOCC worked with Representative Vella on issues relating to childcare. One important topic that he wanted to work on was the time it is taking for clearances to be received which is holding up the hiring process.

It is clear that there is a lack of accessibility across the state to the vendor currently utilized by DCFS for fingerprinting. HB 4412 gives providers the opportunity to utilize other vendors to obtain fingerprints to hopefully reduce some wait time.

With this bill, providers may choose to utilize a company other than the current vendor contracted with the Department. This will be at the cost of the center, but it allows providers to make decisions on where to send potential hires for fingerprinting and allow for a faster process.

ILDOCC wants to give a special thank you to Representative Vella for his dedication to childcare and his work on this legislation. We also want to thank Senator Loughran Cappel who sponsored the bill in the Senate and who has also always been a champion for the childcare industry. We appreciate both the Representative and Senator for taking the time to hear from providers and put into action a plan that will hopefully make improvements.

The bill will now head back to the House for a concurrence vote before heading over to be signed by the Governor. More updates will follow soon.

Read the full language of the bill below:

HB 4412 –

A child care facility, non-licensed service provider, day care center, group day care home, or day care home may authorize the Department or a third-party vendor to collect fingerprints for the investigation. If a third-party vendor is used for fingerprinting, then the child care facility, non-licensed service provider, day care center, group day care home, or day care home shall pay the third-party vendor for that service directly.

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