Rhode Island House Backs New Legislation for Background Checks

By Michael Klazema on 2/22/2012

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has backed legislation that would require background checks to be conducted on any person who is involved in any program that involves mentoring students. The bill has now moved on to the Rhode Island Senate. Though state law currently requires national and state criminal background checks for those who are employed with schools, the new legislation will now involve volunteers as well, making sure that the state is covering all the bases.

Rhode Island is not doing anything new with this legislation, but they are making a point that it is just not acceptable for schools nationwide to allow those who may have criminal backgrounds to be around children. The state is making a safe and responsible choice that may prevent crimes against children.

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