Child advocates dismayed by proposal to raise cost of background checks

Child advocates are concerned about proposed fee increases to obtain background checks needed for jobs involving working around kids.

Budget-related legislation that could see action in the House as early as this weekend would allow the state police to increase the cost of their criminal history checks and authorizes the state Department of Human Services to raise the fee for a child abuse clearance.

Based on information provided by those departments, the proposal would result in hiking the cost of a state police criminal background check to $22 from the current $8 charge. The child abuse clearance would rise to $13 from the current $8 fee.

The proposed $38 charge would not include the fee for a federal criminal history check if one of those is necessary. They cost between $20 and $30, according to state department websites. FULL ARTICLE