Florida House Acting on Background Check Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Legislation that would tighten screening and criminal background checks for people who work with children, seniors and disable people is coming up for a vote in the Florida House.

The bill on Thursday's calendar would prohibit applicants from going to work before their screening has been completed and require everyone seeking such a job to be fingerprinted.

Existing law had permitted some people to work before getting cleared or get approval without fingerprinting. The bill is in response to an investigation by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that showed convicted felons were getting through the present screening process.

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