• The State of California recently enacted a law requiring any “public recreation employees” having direct contact with minors to submit one set of fingerprints to the Department of Justice for the purpose of obtaining a criminal record summary. The new law takes effect January 1, 1993. California previously enacted a similar law for employees of licensed child care facilities. The new law specifies that “the criminal record summary shall contain only arrests resulting in a conviction and arrests pending final adjudication” and that “the criminal record summary furnished to the public recreation program employer shall be maintained by the public recreation program employer in a secured file separate from personnel files.” This legislation is further proof of how seriously state governments are taking the risk of child molestation. California Education Code § 10911.5.
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