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The Senate on Monday passed a bill that establishes a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for organizations that serve children, the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Senate on Monday passed a bill that establishes a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for organizations that serve children, the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

The Child Protection Improvements Act, which was introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. All Franken, D-Minn., amends the National Child Protection Act of 1993.

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“I am committed to protecting children, the elderly and people with disabilities from predators who would do them harm,” Hatch said in a statement following the vote. “Our bill provides organizations with critical access to the nationwide FBI fingerprint background check system, allowing caretakers to more thoroughly vet prospective employees and volunteers. This is an important step in keeping children and the defenseless safe from violent criminals and sexual predators who would otherwise slip through the cracks.”

“One of my top priorities is to protect the safety of our children,” Franken, a member of the Senate Education and Judiciary committees, said. “And to help do that, we should give youth organizations that look after our kids the tools they need to make sure that their staff and volunteers are trustworthy.”