CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 1469 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on March 12, 2009. The Committee on the Judiciary took no official action on the bill.
H.R. 1469 would amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to direct the Attorney General to:
(1) Establish policies and procedures for a program for national criminal history background checks for child-serving organizations;
(2) Assist such organizations in obtaining access to nationwide background checks;
(3) Establish procedures for insuring the accuracy of criminal history records;
(4) Identify individuals convicted of serious misdemeanors or felonies involving children; and
(5) Collect demographic data relating to individuals and organizations covered by this Act and make reports to Congress on such data.
The bill limits the liability of a child-serving organization for failure to conduct criminal background checks or to take adverse action against employees with a criminal history. The bill also imposes limitations on the disclosure or use of criminal history records.
The bill also extends the Child Safety Pilot Program until the program for national criminal history background checks for child-serving organizations established under the Child Protection Improvements Act of 2009 is operating and able to enroll any organization using the Child Safety Pilot Program.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had not produced a cost estimate for H.R. 1469 as of press time.