Background Check Efficiency Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Governor

May 16, 2022

The League supports the bill, which would increase the efficiency of obtaining background checks for cities.

A bill to increase the efficiency of the background check process for local governments, HF 2945 (Rep. Kaohly Vang Her, DFL-St. Paul, and Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch), passed off the Senate floor and will now go to Gov. Walz for final approval.

The bill would allow a local government’s law enforcement department to share criminal history information with its hiring officials, rather than having the officials obtain a criminal history check on a candidate from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

Current language in Minnesota Statutes, section 299C.72 can be interpreted to require a local law enforcement department to only provide a “yes” or “no” response back to the requesting hiring official on whether a candidate passes the background check.

This bill would increase efficiency by removing the need for cities to use the BCA to obtain a full background check. Once signed by the Governor, the provision will go into effect beginning Aug. 1.

For more background information about this bill, read a previous article.

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