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Bill broadens access to sex offender database

WASHINGTON – Summer camps, after-school programs and other children’s organizations will gain access to federal sex offender background checks when hiring new employees and volunteers, thanks to language inserted into the recently passed federal spending bill by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.

"These groups are tasked with ensuring the safety of children day in and day out and 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,” said Schumer, a New York Democrat. “I am glad my colleagues heeded my calls to pass this commonsense, bipartisan legislation."

The move won't entail any extra federal costs, said Schumer, who had been fighting to pass the legislation for years.

"Parents deserve the peace of mind knowing that their children are in good hands when they drop them off at camp and other afterschool programs,” he said.

 

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