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Criminal Background Check Bill Finally Passes Out of the Senate Judiciary Committee!
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, i