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Bills

SB 6370: Concerning the Department of Early Learnings access to records and personal information for purposes of determining character and suitability of child care workers

SB 6370 is the companion bill of HB 2621.

As amended the bill: The requirement that DEL receive records and information regarding “allegations of abuse or neglect for which there is not a finding” is removed. Language is added that the records accessed by DEL is only for license applicants, Senate Bill Report – 3 – SB 6370 employees or volunteers of licensed entities, and individuals who may have unsupervised access to children. Provisions are added that information may come from confidential child welfare records maintained by DSHS, and it only may be shared with state agencies or persons allowed by law. DEL may not deny a license to an individual based solely on an unfounded allegation of child abuse or neglect. The section including DEL in the definition of juvenile justice or care agency is removed. A provision is added that appeal rights under current law are not affected.