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Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017

S 705 : A bill to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly,

STATUS

Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. March 23, 2017

Introduced in Senate March 23, 2017

Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably. September 7, 2017

Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 218. September 11, 2017

Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Grassley with amendments. Without written report. September 11, 2017

Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Grassley with amendments. Without written report. September 11, 2017

Passed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Unanimous Consent. October 16, 2017

The committee amendments withdrawn by Unanimous Consent. October 16, 2017

Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S6409-6410; text of measure as reported in Senate: CR S6410) October 16, 2017

Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Unanimous Consent. October 16, 2017

Message on Senate action sent to the House. October 17, 2017

Received in the House. October 19, 2017

Held at the desk. October 19, 2017

This program was originally authorized as a pilot program by the Adam Walsh Act.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conducted the background checks. During the course of that pilot program, 77,000 youth volunteers were the subject of background checks.

The background checks revealed that 6% of those applicant volunteers had a criminal history for violations such as child sexual abuse, child cruelty, murder and serious drug offenses. This program needs permanency and The Child Protection Improvements Act will give it permanency.

Specifically, CPIA amends the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to do the following:

  • Ensure organizations that serve children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities have access to FBI fingerprint background checks.
  • Cap the cost of such a check at $18.
  • Identify five criteria offenses that will result in a determination that a volunteer "does not meet the criteria" to serve a vulnerable population.