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Parent weighs in on mandated background checks

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Lawmakers could change requirements for public school employees by mandating background checks for all employees.

A bill that requires background checks for all school employees, not just teachers and bus drivers, was passed unanimously by the Iowa House on Tuesday.

Now, Senate File 338 is waiting to come to a debate in the Iowa Senate.

If passed, the bill would require all public school employees to have a background check consisting of a sex offender registry check, a child abuse check and a dependent adult abuse check.

Ronald Robinson of Waterloo said he supports the bill because his 8-year old daughter would be safer in school.

"I would like to believe when I send my kid to school everyday they're in a safe environment," he said.

The bill would require statewide background checks, but does not include nationwide registry checks.

If passed, the statewide checks would be mandated for all school employees every five years.

"I see it as a positive thing. Basically for security reasons, I think it'd make it a safer environment for the children," said Robinson.

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