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August 14, 2013

Opponents of finger scanners attack rule-making

JACKSON —

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Opponents of a plan to require parents to use a finger scanner to sign children in and out of federally subsidized child care say the state hasn't proceeded properly.

In a Wednesday hearing before Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Lisa Owens, a child care center owner who is challenging the rule contended that the state's economic impact statement was too faulty to let the Department of Human Services go ahead.

The statement was required as part of DHS' rule-making process.

The machines will be required starting Oct. 1 for 18,000 children whose care is subsidized by federal grants that help low-income parents pay for of care while working. The state currently has a waiting list of 8,000 children for the federal vouchers. Parents must sign up by Aug. 30.

 

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