South Carolina Senator Pushes Bill Requiring Security Cameras at Daycare Facilities

The bill has been held up in a Senate Committee since Senator Karl Allen proposed it a year ago.

COLOMBIA, S.C. — Lawmakers here are pushing to increase safety and situational awareness at daycare facilities by making it mandatory for all facilities to have surveillance cameras.

Senator Karl Allen of Greenville proposed a bill a year ago to place cameras in the daycare facilities, but it remains stuck in a Senate Committee. WTDN in South Carolina reports that at the center of the issue was a case involving a three-year-old who claimed he was slapped by a teacher on the playground of City Kids Child Development Center in Greenville. The investigation into the incident did not yield an arrest because the claims were determined to be unfounded.

A security camera at the daycare was found to be inoperable and therefore could not provide video evidence to help investigate the case. Part of Allen’s bill would make functioning security cameras part of the requirements for receiving a daycare license.

“In the case that you talk about, that tells me if we could solve that, and a camera could have, then there’s no reason to question the safety of the day care, the kid, and it gives the parent a sense of comfort,” said Sen. Allen.

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According to the report, lawmakers have until May to pass the law, or else it will have to be reintroduced in the next legislative session.

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