- Associated Press - Sunday, April 16, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lawmaker for the second time has delayed a vote on legislation to require all day cares to be regulated by the state.

The House Rules Committee said that Rep. Pebblin Warren requested that her bill be removed from the Tuesday debate agenda.

The bill sought to end a long-standing exemption for faith-based facilities. The proposal has been met with push back from some church-affiliated facilities.

Warren delayed debate last month because she feared it couldn’t pass a procedural vote.

VOICES for Alabama’s Children said Alabama is one of seven states that broadly exempt faith-based day cares from regulation.

The Department of Human Resources supports the plan and says about half of day cares in Alabama are uninspected. Exempt facilities do not have to meet regulations such as worker-to-child ratios.

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