The Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA — a.k.a. the "background check bill") was marked up today and passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee!
After nearly nine years, the CPIA will finally make it to the floor of the Senate for debate! The bill addresses the gaping hole in federal law that bars youth-serving organizations in the majority of states from accessing the FBI's Criminal Records database when screening potential staff and volunteers who will be working with children.
The bill has broad-based bipartisan support in the Senate. Today's Judiciary Committee meeting added an amendment to the bill that, in effect, combines another bill with the CPIA. The other bill is not related to child protection; however, it does complement the CPIA. We are finding out more about that amendment and will share the information once we assess its impact. The amendment was the former Electronic Life Safety and Security & Systems Federal Background Check Act.
You may recall that the CPIA bill passed the House of Representatives in July of 2011 with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 412-4. It is anticipated that it will again pass the House once it passes through the Senate this fall.
The American Camp Association and all of the other youth-serving organizations who are partnering to make this bill law will be calling our communities to action shortly! We will be asking you to contact your senators and representatives to ask them to vote for the bill — just as we have in the past!
For more information about the bill and its impact on the lives of children, visit our main Child Protection Improvements Act Web Page.