Florida Implements High Standards for Sensitive Jobs

Florida Legislature passed House Bill 7069 – requiring background screening procedures for individuals who work with vulnerable Floridians such as children, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.

Governor Crist thanked Senators Rhonda Storms, Nan Rich, and Victor Crist for their leadership in getting the legislations passed.

“This is good legislation that ensures that Florida takes another important measure in protecting the most vulnerable among us,” said the Governor. “Thoroughly screening the backgrounds of those who work with children, elders, persons with disabilities – and then verifying those screening results before employees are authorized to go to work – will no doubt improve overall public safety in the sunshine state.”

Employees have to pass both a state and federal fingerprint check before beginning work. The bill requires that fingerprints are submitted in electronic format to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by July 1, 2012. Select executive agency heads have the authority to revoke and deny exemptions from certain disqualifying offenses, except when an individual has been designated as a sexual predator, sexual offender, or career offender.