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SF 739

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:15am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; allowing school districts to waive background check fees
for volunteers; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 123B.03, subdivision
1.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 123B.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Background check required.

(a) A school hiring authority shall
request a criminal history background check from the superintendent of the Bureau of
Criminal Apprehension on all individuals who are offered employment in a school and
on all individuals, except enrolled student volunteers, who are offered the opportunity to
provide athletic coaching services or other extracurricular academic coaching services
to a school, regardless of whether any compensation is paid. In order for an individual
to be eligible for employment or to provide the services, the individual must provide an
executed criminal history consent form and a money order or check payable to either the
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension or the school hiring authority, at the discretion of the
school hiring authority, in an amount equal to the actual cost to the Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension and the school district of conducting the criminal history background
check. A school hiring authority deciding to receive payment may, at its discretion, accept
payment in the form of a negotiable instrument other than a money order or check and
shall pay the superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension directly to conduct
the background check. The superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shall
conduct the background check by retrieving criminal history data maintained in the
criminal justice information system computers. A school hiring authority, at its discretion,
may decide not to request a criminal history background check on an individual who holds
an initial entrance license issued by the State Board of Teaching or the commissioner of
education within the 12 months preceding an offer of employment.

(b) A school hiring authority may use the results of a criminal background check
conducted at the request of another school hiring authority if:

(1) the results of the criminal background check are on file with the other school
hiring authority or otherwise accessible;

(2) the other school hiring authority conducted a criminal background check within
the previous 12 months;

(3) the individual who is the subject of the criminal background check executes a
written consent form giving a school hiring authority access to the results of the check; and

(4) there is no reason to believe that the individual has committed an act subsequent
to the check that would disqualify the individual for employment.

(c) A school hiring authority may, at its discretion, request a criminal history
background check from the superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on
any individual who seeks to enter a school or its grounds for the purpose of serving as a
school volunteer or working as an independent contractor or student employee. In order
for an individual to enter a school or its grounds under this paragraph when the school
hiring authority decides to request a criminal history background check on the individual,
the individual first must provide an executed criminal history consent form and a money
order, check, or other negotiable instrument payable to the school district in an amount
equal to the actual cost to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the school district
of conducting the criminal history background check. deleted text beginNotwithstanding section 299C.62,
subdivision 1
, the cost of the criminal history background check under this paragraph is
the responsibility of the individual.
deleted text endnew text begin A school hiring authority may decide to pay the costs
of conducting a background check under this paragraph. If the school hiring authority pays
the costs, the individual who is the subject of the background check need not pay for it.
new text end

(d) For all nonstate residents who are offered employment in a school, a school
hiring authority shall request a criminal history background check on such individuals
from the superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and from the government
agency performing the same function in the resident state or, if no government entity
performs the same function in the resident state, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Such individuals must provide an executed criminal history consent form and a money
order, check, or other negotiable instrument payable to the school hiring authority in an
amount equal to the actual cost to the government agencies and the school district of
conducting the criminal history background check. Notwithstanding section 299C.62,
subdivision 1
, the cost of the criminal history background check under this paragraph is
the responsibility of the individual.

(e) At the beginning of each school year or when a student enrolls, a school hiring
authority must notify parents and guardians about the school hiring authority's policy
requiring a criminal history background check on employees and other individuals who
provide services to the school, and identify those positions subject to a background check
and the extent of the hiring authority's discretion in requiring a background check. The
school hiring authority may include the notice in the student handbook, a school policy
guide, or other similar communication. Nothing in this paragraph affects a school hiring
authority's ability to request a criminal history background check on an individual under
paragraph (c).

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end