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Congressman Barrow on H.R. 1662, "the Anthony DeJuan Boatwright Act"

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Published on Jun 9, 2009

On June 2, 2009, Congressman Barrow spoke on the House floor about his bill, H.R. 1662, "the Anthony DeJuan Boatwright Act," or "Juan's Law." The bill passed the House and will now head to the Senate, where U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia has agreed to introduce the bill.

Anthony DeJuan Boatwright, or Juan, was 14 months old when he fell headfirst into an unattended bucket of mop water at a state-licensed family day care center in Augusta, Georgia. He sustained severe brain damage and today is in a semi-comatose state and is dependent on a ventilator. The center that was caring for Juan didn't have liability insurance. There was no law in Georgia that required the center to have liability insurance in order to be issued a state license to care for children, and no law that required day care providers to inform parents of their insurance status. "Juan's Law" would recommend that day care providers carry liability insurance, and requires licensed day care providers to alert parents with written notice about whether or not they carry liability insurance, and how much.

Thanks to Juan's mother, Jackie Boatwright, "Juan's Law" is now law in Georgia, California, Virginia, and New Hampshire.

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