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  • August 19 — A faith-based organization in Duluth, Minnesota is fighting to help ex-criminal offenders find places to live. The organization wants to create a financial program to reimburse landlords for any damages caused by ex-offenders.
  • August 18 — The Indiana General Assembly is currently considering several proposals that would expand background checks for school personnel in the state. One proposal would add background checks at the teacher licensing stage and another would require districts to re-check employees once every five years.
  • August 16 — A ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that federal judges do not have the authority to expunge federal criminal convictions. Congress would need to pass a bill to give judges that power.
  • August 09

    The question of whether or not Uber and Lyft drivers should go through fingerprint background checks is often cited as the biggest conversation of 2016 in the background check industry. Recently, Massachusetts made another contribution to the dialogue: state lawmakers, who have been considering legislation to regulate the ridesharing industry for some time, agreed on a bill and sent it to Governor Charlie Baker.

  • August 09 — A school system in Maryland made changes to help prevent child abuse last year. Through the new initiative, the district investigated 3,347 allegations of abuse during the 2015/16 academic year.
  • August 04 — A man recently chosen to head up the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has withdrawn his name from consideration after questions about his past and his resume arose. The applicant had previously worked and been fired from a similar job in South Carolina, but he claimed that he had resigned from the position.
  • July 27 — A county in Alabama is trying to figure out how to regulate bingo games with background checks. The bingo game payout in the area recently increased from $120,000 to $1 million—a boost that makes the county's potential payouts the highest in all of Alabama.
  • July 25 — Currently, police departments throughout Maryland consider a recruit's history of marijuana usage when deciding who to hire and who to disqualify. The Baltimore Police Commissioner wants to de-emphasize marijuana in recruit screenings in part to help his efforts to diversify the ranks.
  • July 22 — After a rash of recent cases involving inappropriate relationships between students and teachers, Indiana legislators are weighing the pros and cons of new teacher background check requirements.
  • July 20 — A two-month-old girl died from a blunt force trauma injury she received at a daycare in Stamford, Connecticut. The home daycare had only recently corrected safety hazards that state inspectors identified in December.