UPDATED: Jan. 11 at 6:25 p.m. with news Governor signed the bill and what the law means here in Massachusetts and nationally
The Associated Press is reporting Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is considering signing legislation that would require teachers, workers at child care centers, school bus drivers and others to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks.
The fingerprint background checks would also apply to everyone seeking to adopt children or become foster parents, as the legislation is written.
Fingerprints would be submitted to the Massachusetts State Police for a state criminal history check and forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history check, reported the Associated Press.
Massachusetts wouldn't be the first state to enact such a law.
Oregon passed a similar law in 1993, and New York and Maine require fingerprinting of school teachers. Texas also has a fingerprint law for teachers, which led to a lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency by one teacher who asserted the law violated her First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
Those hired now -- teachers, school employees, bus drivers, early education and care and out-of-school care providers, etc -- must undergo state and national background checks prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year.
All current employees must undergo national background checks over the next three years but required beforethe start of the 2016-17 school year
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