JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri health officials are proposing to relax many of the health and safety requirements for hundreds of church-run child care centers.
The regulations have been in place for 14 years, but state health officials said Thursday they recently concluded the state has no legal basis to enforce them.
Among the regulations proposed to be repealed are ones prohibiting caregivers from being drunk or on drugs or posing a threat to the health and safety of children.
Members of the state Board of Health reluctantly voted Thursday to repeal the regulations. Before becoming final, the proposed changes must be published for public comment.
The rule changes would apply to 590 facilities that already are exempt from state licensure. Most of those facilities are run by religious organizations.