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08-S2756 on Jul 28, 2008

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: creating permanent crime database for volunteers with kids
Source: Child Protection Improvements Act (S.2756/H.R.5606)
A bill to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a permanent background check system. Congress finds the following:
  1. In 2006, a total of 16,500,000 adults volunteered their service to education or youth programs.
  2. An estimated 6.6% of individuals in the United States will serve time in prison for a crime during their lifetime. The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System of the FBI maintains fingerprints and criminal histories on more than 47,000,000 individuals, many of whom have been arrested or convicted multiple times.
  3. Of individuals released from prison, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years.
  4. Given the large number of individuals with criminal records and the vulnerability of the population they work with, human service organizations that work with children need an effective and reliable means of obtaining a complete criminal history in order to determine the suitability of a potential volunteer or employee.
  5. The large majority of Americans (88%) favor granting youth-serving organizations access to conviction records for screening volunteers and 59% favored allowing youth-serving organizations to consider arrest records when screening volunteers.
  6. Even when accessible, the cost of a criminal background check can be prohibitively expensive, between $21 and $99 for each volunteer or employee.
  7. The Child Safety Pilot Program demonstrates that timely and affordable background checks are possible, as background checks under that program are completed within 3 to 5 business days at a cost of $18.

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Question 9: Stricter punishment reduces crime Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Families & Children
    • Headline: Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids (Score: 1)
    • Headline 2: Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids (Score: 1)

    • Key for participation codes:
    • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
    • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
    • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 08-S2756

    Neil Abercrombie s2oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
    Tom Allen s2oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
    Allen Boyd s2oFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
    Russ Carnahan s2oMissouri Democrat 
    Artur Davis s2oAlabama Former Democrat (until 2010) 
    Susan Davis s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Dianne Feinstein s2oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
    Bart Gordon s2oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
    Sheila Jackson Lee s2oTexas Democrat 
    Tim Johnson s2oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
    Steve Kagen s2oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
    Nicholas Lampson s2oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
    Zoe Lofgren s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Carolyn McCarthy s2oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
    Claire McCaskill s2oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
    Jim McDermott s2oWashington Democrat 
    Patrick Joseph Murphy s2oPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
    Ed Pastor s2oArizona Democrat 
    Steven Rothman s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
    Linda Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Loretta Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
    Adam Schiff s1iCalifornia Democrat 
    Arlen Specter s2oPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
    Ed Towns s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
    Mark Udall s2oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz s2oFlorida Democrat 
    Henry Waxman s2oCalifornia Democrat 

    Republicans participating in 08-S2756

    Dan Burton s2oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
    Norm Coleman s2oMN Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 
    Vernon Ehlers s2oMichigan Republican (until 2010) 
    John Ensign s2oNV Republican Jr Senator 
    Orrin Hatch s2oUT Republican Sr Senator 
    Johnny Isakson s2oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
    Ric Keller s2oFlorida Republican (Unseated 2008) 
    Peter King s2oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
    Michael McCaul s2oTexas Republican 
    Thad McCotter s2oMichigan Republican 
    Todd Platts s2oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
    Ralph Regula s2oOhio Republican (Retiring 2008) 
    Mike Rogers s2oMichigan Republican 
    Ed Royce s2oCalifornia Republican 
    Don Young s2oAlaska Republican 

    Independents participating in 08-S2756

    Joe Biden s1iDE Vice President 
    Elizabeth Dole s2oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
    Tom Feeney s2oFlorida Former GOP 

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 27
    Republicans: 15
    Independents: 3

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