Bill Signing Ceremony with State Representative, Snyder

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From left, Dusty Fancher, representing Michigan Public Transit Association; state Rep. Matt Huuki; Gov. Rick Snyder; Vicki White, executive director of Ontonagon County Public Transit.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)110th District State Representative Matt Huuki participated in a bill-signing ceremony with Governor Rick Snyder for his new law to better protect children and senior citizens by allowing Michigan’s public transit service providers to perform full background checks on prospective drivers.

Huuki’s legislation 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 transit authorities can only consider 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.

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