Wyss Legislation Would Remove State Background Check Option

National Background Checks For School Employees Moves To State Senate

By Eric Dutkiewicz

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS - A Fort Wayne lawmaker is pushing for mandatory national background checks for all prospective school employees will now head to the entire State Senate.

Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Tom Wyss would eliminate the option for school districts to run state background check, requiring applicants to be checked against a national check.

"Leaving room for error is unacceptable when it comes to taking care of our children." Wyss said in a statement announcing his proposal. "In our schools' current hiring systems, it's easy for criminals to slip through the cracks if an employer only asks for a state background check. Now that we're only giving school administrators one option, we can ensure that won't happen."

The State Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law approved the bill out of out of committee, 9-0, on Tuesday.

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