[r73] House supports increased school employee background checks (1/28/2013)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Start Date: 1/28/2013 All Day
STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Rhonda Rhoads (R-Corydon) authored legislation strengthening school background checks for potential employees, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday with a X-X vote. The bill is coauthored by Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem).

“This bill is about the safety and well-being of Hoosier children,” said Rep. Rhoads. “By conducting a national background check, school administrators are able to examine a more comprehensive background check and ensure that potential job candidates have a clean history.”

House Bill (HB) 1160 requires a national criminal history background check for school employees. Currently, school corporations can request a national background check or an Indiana criminal records check. A national criminal history background check requires a search of the criminal history record system maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation rather than a background check that searches through records maintained by each state.

“Making sure that Indiana has safe schools is a top priority for the General Assembly,” said Rep. Davisson. “House Bill 1160 provides a stronger foundation to examine quality teachers and helps guarantee peace of mind for parents across the state.” 

The fee required for a national criminal history check can be paid for by the school corporation or the employee. HB 1160 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate.

To stay up-to-date on bills as they move through the legislative process, visit www.in.gov/legislative.