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The legislation, authored by State Representative Matt Huuki, now known as Public Act 341 of 2012, allows private and public transportation providers to perform fingerprinting and background checks for prospective applicants who would serve vulnerable populations such as children, seniors and people with disabilities.
The new law allows the Michigan State Police to conduct a full background check, but limits transit authorities from only considering certain criminal offenses when making hiring decisions. Those offenses include criminal sexual conduct, felony assault or battery, felonious assault on a child, and child abuse or indecent exposure involving a child.
The measure was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder yesterday.
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