- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana lawmakers have signed off on regulations for religious day care centers following a series of child deaths at day cares throughout the state.

The Indiana House voted 75-21 Wednesday evening to send the measure to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.

Child care advocates had spent years seeking regulations for the many of the state’s day care operations, but supporters of religious day cares successfully blocked the measures year after year.

Nutritional snacks, time to play outside every day and access to drinking water are among the proposed requirements.

A Legislative Services Agency report shows about 1,200 centers will be affected if the legislation takes effect, including about 500 associated with ministries.

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