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The Senate Education Committee passed a bill requiring background checks, Monday afternoon.

The met to consider nearly a dozen bills senate file 48 passed unanimously.

The bill requires school districts to perform a background check on all school employees.  Then perform a second full background check 5 years after they are hired.

The bill defines a school employee as any part-time, full-time, substitute or contract employee.

“It was seen after some review that we could tighten those up a bit to require all personnel to have their background checked and to make sure they were updated from time to time,” Senator Herman Quirmbach said.

The district will have to pay for all the background check fees.