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Senate Passes Child Protection Improvements Act

On October 16, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. 705, the Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

The measure would require criminal background checks for “certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.” Among other provisions, individuals registered as sex offenders or convicted of crimes involving child pornography, rape, or sexual assault could be determined unfit for such employment.

The House passed its version of the bill (H.R. 695) on May 22 (see The Source, 5/26/17).

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