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Franson's bill to cut childcare regulations is signed into law

Legislation aimed at repealing burdensome childcare regulations received the governor's approval Sunday, May 20, and became state law.

Before reaching the governor's desk, the bill, authored by Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, was passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.

The bill exempts childcare providers from the positive supports training rules, and instead instructs providers to comply with the individualized education programs for children in their care with developmental disabilities or related conditions.

The training rules involve extra regulations for providers by prohibiting certain practices, requiring additional training, and establishing additional administrative procedures and policies, according to Franson.

"The childcare crisis Minnesota faces is a direct result of providers being put out of business by costly and unnecessary regulations such as these," she said in a news release. "Repealing the positive supports rules is an important step in our efforts to cut back on the unnecessary burdens that providers face. Addressing this issue has been a priority of mine for several years, and I am thrilled to finally see it resolved."

— Echo Press staff report

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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