Tougher penalties in works for illegal day care providers

MILWAUKEE — State lawmakers are drafting legislation that would toughen penalties for providers of illegal day care in Wisconsin, after the deaths of eight children in unregulated facilities.

The legislative push is backed by Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). He believes the current fines are inadequate, considering the hundreds of dollars per week some providers make by illegally watching children.

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