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Bill Passes Committee to Restrict Info from Background Searches

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2014-02-04 -

Current Utah law allows a company doing a background check on a potential hire to access information of an alleged crime even if an individual was later acquitted by a court or even if prosecutors declined to press charges. Sen. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo asked a standing committee Tuesday if such records can still haunt a person's employment prospects then “are we really innocent until proven guilty?”

That's why Bramble was pushing his Senate Bill 145 to change Utah law so that potential employers would not be able to access information on people unrelated to convictions. This way if a person was arrested and acquitted, or prosecutors declined to bring charges against them, these records and the unforgiving stigma they bring with them would not be made available to employers and other entities seeking the information.

The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Business and Labor Committee and now heads to the senate floor for further debate.

To read SB 145 click here. To contact Sen. Bramble about this bill click here. To find your legislator by using your address click here. For more updates from the hill visit CityWeekly.net and follow @EricSPeterson and @ColbyFrazierLP on Twitter.

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