Senate passes Schumer-backed bill to open FBI sex offender database

WASHINGTON — The operators of summer camps, daycare centers and volunteer groups that work with children are a step closer to gaining access to an FBI sex offender database that could be used for background checks on prospective employees and volunteers.

The U.S. Senate passed a bill backed by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer that would close a loophole in the background check system and authorize the FBI to provide the information to organizations that work with children.

Schumer, D-N.Y., has been trying for more than seven years to pass legislation that would allow the FBI to release information in the database to authorized employers that work with children, the elderly or individuals with disabilities.  (Source)

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