October 29, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C.---The United States House of Representatives voted today to enact the Anthony DeJuan Boatwright Act. The act is designed to change the Child Card and Development Block Grant Act of 1990. It requires child care providers to tell parents whether they carry current liability insurance.
The bill is named after Anthony Boatwright, an Augusta boy who suffered brain damage after falling into a mop bucket of bleach water at a day care run out of someone's home in 2001. That day care was not insured.
Anthony's mother, Jackie Boatwright, championed a bill that became law in Georgia in 2004 requiring day cares to give parents their insurance information. This federal act is based on that Georgia law.
Democratic District 12 Rep. John Barrow sponsored the bill.