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Crist orders agencies to check on background checks

by Dara Kam | October 20th, 2009

Gov. Charlie Crist is ordering agencies to audit their compliance with state law requiring criminal background checks on workers who deal with children, the frail or the elderly.

Crist ordered the review after The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that about more than 6,000 people had been approved by the state to work with the elderly, disabled and children, including some who had been convicted of murder and rape.

Crist is asking a host of agencies to examine the current legal requirements for screening, compliance and report back to him on Nov. 2.

Crist’s order comes on the heels of Democratic Sen. Nan Rich’s filing of legislation to tighten up screening requirements.

Rich, D-Weston, filed a bill that would change the current law allowing caregivers to start work before criminal background investigations are completed.
Her proposal would also allow the Department of Children and Families to do follow-up criminal checks on workers who have been given exemptions to work even though they have committed crimes in the past.

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2 Responses to “Crist orders agencies to check on background checks”

  1. Bernie Says:

    Start with the ETHICS and JQC they need more STATE MONEY —-

    So much UNETHICAL & CORRUPT Judges and ELECTED OFFICIALS…

    Give these agencies POWER & MONEY….

    Just look at the 15th Judicial and the PB County Commissioners. 3 Indicted & JAILED…. By the FEDS!

  2. Carl Slicer Says:

    Politicians dont want solutions, they want to build an Empire. If you ask the private business sector how to protect the people exposed, you’ll find a better answer than just “the state” doing it.

    People move in & out of Florida daily. So check the Fla records but how will you check every other state as well.

    When you are done with that, start checking again based on every different last name they have every had.

    Maiden names, married names, hyphenated names, re married names, legally & illegally changed and dont forget Nick names too.

    The state of Fla will charge you for very name searched. 5 last names = 5 charges.

    The private sector has to do it better !

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