2013 Indiana General Assembly

Senators vote to require national background check for school employees

2013-01-24T18:00:00Z Senators vote to require national background check for school employeesDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
January 24, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Applicants for jobs at Indiana schools would pay more for a national background check under legislation approved 47-0 by the Senate on Thursday, but the sponsor believes it's worth it.

"It is absolutely minimal when it comes to the protection of our children," said state Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne.

Senate Bill 160, which now goes to the House, eliminates the option of an approximately $25 state-only background check and requires school job applicants to undergo a $40 national check of criminal and sex offender records before hire.

Wyss said the Indiana-only check could miss applicants with felony records in other states. The national check requires fingerprinting and will catch criminals who change their names, he said.

State Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, is co-sponsor of the legislation.

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