YPP and fingerprinting
Steve Tobin (srtobin@MMM.COM)
Fri, 4 Nov 1994 10:33:18 -0600
A short time ago someone asked about U.S. scouters required to be
fingerprinted. I thought it was a crazy rumor, but last night at the
Roundtable we were informed about the new Youth Protection Program passed by
congress a short time ago.
Briefly, the main base of the program is a criminal background check,
including fingerprinting, of EVERY person doing any kind of work, volunteer
or paid, with children or senior citizens. This will include a check through
the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) system. This is intended to detect
persons with child molesting criminal records.
The bill requires each State pass laws to implement the provisions of the
federal bill, and most States have just begun working on it, so the details
and costs will vary by State. The estimates for cost are $30 - $65 per
person depending on the State, with $34 being forcast for Minnesota. This
could possibly be subsidized by the State if it so chooses, otherwise will
be need to be paid by the volunteer or organization.
If you haven't heard about this from your local council yet, you will be.
They are very concerned about the negative impact this could have on people
volunteering, plus the legal liabilites implied of implementing and
monitoring this requirement for each organization.
Just goes to show that no problem is bad enough that government can't make
Steve Tobin, SM Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Troop 39 Cannon River District
Cannon Falls, MN Gamehaven Council (Southeastern Minnesota)
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