Cami's Law Passes Senate

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) -- A law with a local beginning will now make its way to the governor's desk.

In September 2012, Elly Lafkin was collecting aluminum cans to raise money for SIDS awareness.

The campaign, "Cans for Cami," which was named after her daughter that died from SIDS, had collection bins all over the Valley.

She didn't stop there, taking her concerns to Richmond and proposing a law to increase safety for children in day care.

Last month, Cami's Law passed unanimously in the House and Tuesday it passed in the Senate.

The legislation will require more in-depth background checks for childcare providers.

"It was so awesome to finally hear the official word that this law is going to the governor. Virginia is moving forward with increasing childcare safety. They do care, and they've heard our voices and parents and children do matter," said Lafkin.

Cami's Law will specifically require fingerprint background checks for all childcare providers, a law currently in place in all the states surrounding Virginia.


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