Virginia VOICE May 25, 2017
Released: Monday, June 05, 2017
VAIB | VirginiaVoice
May 25, 2017
Dear Pastors and Friends,
SB1239 Vetoed by Governor—What does this mean for religious exempt day cares?
Governor Terry McAuliffe has finally vetoed Senate Bill 1239. The final version of the bill that was before the governor would have placed religious exempt day cares from its current regulated position to a completely exempt position with other exempt groups. This bill would have eliminated the fingerprint background check required by House Bill 1568.
This veto means two things:
The current status and regulations under which religious exempt day cares have operated essentially remains unchanged with one exception noted below.
All religious exempt day care workers, volunteers, etc. must now have a fingerprint background check. Therefore, all religious exempt day cares will face a financial impact. Anyone working in these day cares who must have a background check, will now be required to have a new fingerprint background. The Department of Social Services will be sending notices to affected day cares giving them the time frame as to when this must be completed. DO NOT HAVE FINGERPRINT BACKGROUND CHECKS UNTIL YOU ARE NOTIFIED BY DSS. But be prepared to pay $50 per background check.
Click here to see the news release by the governor. He has made it clear that he does not want to give up the regulations for religious exempt day cares. There are many legislators, including Republican Sen. Emmett Hanger who sponsored SB1239, who have the same view. I visited the Virginia Congressmen in March to see what can be done to change the regulations which forced the fingerprint background check. Unfortunately, that is not a high priority with other areas before the US Congress and Senate.
VAIB Regional Luncheon in Abingdon on August 12
In an effort to connect with more pastors more quickly, VAIB is seeking to hold luncheons in various areas of the state. Our first Regional Luncheon will be on August 12 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Community Center located at 300 Senior Drive, Abingdon VA 24210.
There is no charge but you must register as space is limited to fifty. Donations will be received to offset the costs. Area state delegates and senators will be invited to take questions and Eddy Aliff will give an update on the ministry. Invitations have been mailed to pastors from Bristol to Wytheville and surrounding areas. If you want to register, please call or email the office. (804-299-3986 or email@example.com) Only pastors or similar staff will be allowed to attend due to limited space.
VAIB Address Reminder
Over the past several months, it has come to our attention that some churches have sent checks and other communications to our old address. Mail is no longer being forwarded from that address. Please check your records to ensure you have the correct mailing address:
PO Box 6686
Ashland, VA 23005
Meeting Dates Still Available
Contact our office if you would like to schedule Eddy Aliff or Joe Naylor to give an update on the work of VAIB. Eddy only has openings in the fall but Joe has dates open throughout the year. Give us a call!
Registration Open for ONE Voice for Liberties Conference
Register now for our conference being held September 28-29, 2017, at Landmark Baptist Church (Pastor Don Sumpter), 4000 Creighton Rd, Richmond VA 23223. The purpose of our conference is to fulfill our mission and to Strengthen.Educate.Involve. This year’s schedule will be the same as last year’s. Tim Barton of WallBuilders will be back each night to provide more insights into our nation’s spiritual heritage. There will be uplifting music and spiritually encouraging preaching each evening. We plan to have a “Pastors’ choir” on Friday night, so we need pastors to come ready to sing!
Online registration is at www.vaib.org or send me an email with your information and anyone who will be attending with you to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even call our office at 804-299-3986.
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