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AL legislative session ends Friday, parents discuss child-related bills

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We've been keeping a close eye on several bills that could affect many of you. Two bills are still being reviewed by lawmakers, one would stop adults from smoking in the car with children, the other is intended to add extra safety precautions at daycares. 

The daycare regulation bill is aimed at having more oversight for faith-based daycares. Currently, they are not inspected by the state. Parents we talked to said all daycares should receive equal inspections. 

Vicki Dykes said, "I think they should get the same scrutiny that any other daycare is under."

The House passed bill requires centers that receive state funding to be licensed. Centers that remain exempt would have to provide employees' criminal histories and proof of safety inspections. 

Louis Stork said, "You know with everything that has been happening in the past year incidences have been popping up left and right. They are hiring people that aren't qualified for that job."

Lindsey Wilks sends her daughter to a church-run daycare. Wilks doesn't mind lawmakers' oversight, but she does say childcare should always be double checked by parents. 

Wilks said, "I trust the facility, and all of her friends that have gone to it and my own research I feel comfortable with."

Another bill, passed by the House, would make it illegal to smoke in a car carrying a child. Some parents we talked to say they stand behind the bill. 

"It's bad for their lungs, especially if they are young and their lungs are developed completely," said Casi Cotton. 

While people think the bill should pass, they don't agree on the $100 violation. 

Stork said, "I think it's kind of low honestly. I have seen people with their windows rolled up smoking with a car seat in the back and a baby in there."

 "I would rather give a warning first, yeah," said Dykes. 

Both bills are being reviewed by the Alabama Senate. The legislative session ends Friday. 

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