Massachusetts Governor Patrick Signs Law Mandating Fingerprint-Based Background Check


On January 10, 2013, Governor Patrick signed “An Act Relative to Background Checks”

(H.4307) into law. This law implements a wide reaching requirement for mandatory state and national fingerprint-based criminal background checks for public and private elementary and secondary educational institutions, Department of Early Education and Care licensed and/or funded child care facilities/programs, and applicants to be adoptive or foster parents.

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