H.R. 1662: Anthony DeJuan Boatwright Act

H.R. 1662

Anthony DeJuan Boatwright Act

Sponsor
Rep. John Barrow

Date
June 2, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 1662 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  This legislation was introduced by Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) on March 23, 2009. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 1662 requires that each State include as part of its regulatory process for issuing and renewing licenses of child care providers a recommendation that each provider carry current liability insurance. 

The bill further requires that each child care provider must post "publicly and conspicuously in the service area of its premises" a sign specifying whether or not the provider has current liability coverage applicable to its services and its premises.

Under H.R. 1662, child care providers will also be required to issue a written notice stating whether or not the provider has liability insurance to the parents of each child under the provider's care.  The provider will be required to obtain the signature of at least one parent of each child under the provider's care on the notice, and must maintain such notice (or a copy of such notice) as signed by such parents (or a copy of the signed notice) in provider's records during the period in which the child receives such services.  

Background

On September 9, 2001, fourteen month old Anthony DeJuan Boatwright fell into an unattended bucket of water at his state licensed family day care center in Augusta, Georgia and suffered severe brain damage that has left him in a semi-comatose state and dependent on a ventilator.  The day care center did not have liability insurance coverage and was not required to be insured by state or federal law. 

On September 29, 2007, the House passed a similar bill by voice vote.  

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office did not have a cost estimate available for H.R. 1662 as of June 2, 2008.