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  • December 04 — Three police officers in Cuyahoga County, Ohio were recently indicted for using the police department background check system for personal reasons. All three officers acted independently, calling into question who should have access to these sensitive, but powerful systems.
  • December 04 — A new piece of legislation could help to make FBI background screenings cheaper for youth-serving organizations. However, there is a question of whether or not decreasing the price for these checks would lead to a larger backlog in the FBI system.
  • December 04 — Lyft representatives recently protested against pending ground transportation regulations in Salt Lake City. The service doesn't consider itself a transportation company and doesn't want to be held to the same standards as taxi companies, including city background checks.
  • December 04 — An Ohio home heath care company failed to run a thorough background check on one of its workers. The worker in question, who was recently indicted on charges of raping a 17-year-old girl, had a record of assault in another state.
  • December 04 — A charter school in Florida was allowed to open its doors in August, despite the fact that many of its staff background checks are late. Now, the school board is threatening to close the school for other reasons, but the real question is how it was ever allowed to open without background checks on file.
  • December 04 — Louisiana has approved new licensing guidelines for daycares and preschools. The new rules call for better training, new adult-child ratios, and more in-depth background checks.
  • November 24 — A school district near Pittsburgh is making big changes to its background check policies, thanks to recently approved state law. The law requires repeat background checks for employees and volunteers.
  • November 24 — In Kansas, state law doesn't require volunteer coaches for youth sports leagues to undergo background checks. As a result, sex offenders and other unsavory predators have been able to slip through the cracks.
  • November 24 — Flywheel is a growing ridesharing company that wants to compete with heavyweights like Uber and Lyft. The company says that its drivers are all licensed cab drivers, and have therefore undergone more in-depth background checks than the drivers at other ridesharing services.
  • November 10 — A community in Maryland is looking at additional background checks for volunteer coaches. Currently, these coaches are checked against a sex offender registry, but don't go through any other type of criminal screening.