The state House has approved a bill requiring long-term care facilities to run background checks using fingerprinting technology, a move that would be mostly funded by a $3 million federal grant. The state will kick in $1 million.
The House approved the measure 62-36, though many lawmakers are worried about who is going to pay for the effort when the grant runs out in three years. Background checks cost between $60 and $80.
Now, long-term care facilities must “do a name-based background check,” reports Beth Musgrave for the Lexington Herald-Leader. “However, those background checks only look at state records. A fingerprint check can search nationally for criminal records.”
Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, said he was unsure if House Bill 250 will pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. (Read more)