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July 25, 2013

Bill would allow for FBI background checks

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Only about one-third of states allow a range of youth-serving organizations to access FBI searches, Schumer said. And, even when those searches are available, they can be cost-prohibitive and time-consuming and discourage many groups from obtaining the background checks.

Under Schumer’s bill, youth organizations could check an applicant’s background for violent or sex crimes, regardless of where a crime was committed. He said the system would still protect personal privacy. Employers would be notified only if a conviction shows up in the FBI database.

Schumer said expanding access to the federal database will not cost taxpayers extra money.Groups seeking the background checks would pay a small fee to the federal government to cover any costs.

Schumer’s legislation has been endorsed by a number of groups including the Afterschool Alliance, American Camp Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the YMCA.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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