The Senate last week passed Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer's bill that aims to give after-school programs and children's groups access to federal background checks that could identify potential employees as convicted sex offenders.
And on Wednesday, Schumer pressed the House to do the same.
“The school bell has rung so it’s time for the House of Representatives to pass this common-sense, bipartisan legislation that keeps our children safe when they attend after-school programs,” said Schumer, a New York Democrat.
Schumer said his legislation fixes a loophole in current law that makes it different for day care centers and groups that serve children to access FBI background checks of possible employees. He noted that there are currently 2,625 registered sex offenders in Western New York.