WASHINGTON – Summer camps and other organizations that work with kids should have access to the FBI's database of sex offenders when hiring staff, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday.
Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters on a conference call that he is pushing bipartisan legislation that would allow such groups to use the FBI database when doing background checks on potential employees. Such organizations currently only have access to the state's database of sex offenders.
“Right now, there is a serious gap in federal law that is making it harder for New York’s summer camps, day cares and other child-serving organizations to fully screen their paid and volunteer applicants," Schumer said. "These groups, tasked with ensuring the safety of children day in and day out, should never have any difficulty when it comes to accessing the FBI background checks they need to ensure dangerous predators are not allowed anywhere near our kids."
Such legislation is necessary, he said, because sex offenders frequently move from state to state. He said he is working with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on the measure.