Judge delays start of fingerprint scanning for daycare

(WMC-TV) – A Mississippi judge has delayed the start of a fingerprint scanning system for parents to sign their children in and out of day care.

The scanning system is aimed at parents who get state federal money. And this morning, state officials think it will reduce fraud and save money.

The program requires those parents to scan their fingers when picking up and dropping off children at child care centers.

For months, opponents have blasted DHS for not getting input from providers before launching the pilot program. They also take issue with the department for not releasing an economic impact statement which was required.

Wednesday, a judge denied a restraining order to stop the program. The Department of Human Services (DHS) planned to implement the program November 1 - before the judge delayed things.

"The statute requires the filings and we did comply with the statute with exceptions of the economic impact statement which has been complied with," said Earl Scales, Asst. Attorney General.

The judge ordered DHS to meet with providers and hold a public hearing once the impact statement is released.

The earliest DHS can implement the finger scanning program would be in mid-December.

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