Scott Introduces Fairness and Accuracy in Criminal Background Checks Act

May 21, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) introduced the Fairness and Accuracy in Criminal Background Checks Act of 2019. The bill addresses the serious problems with the FBI database by requiring that records are accurate before they are sent to the agencies and employers that rely on them to make hiring and licensing decisions.

“Far too often, many face an additional barrier created by faulty criminal background records released by the FBI," said Congressman Scott. "Local law enforcement agencies routinely report arrest records to the FBI; however, these same groups often fail to report important information on the final disposition of a criminal case. Frequently, mistakes in the records cause qualified job applicants to be denied employment or cause significant delays while the mistakes are corrected. This bill will ensure that job seekers are treated fairly, increase the likelihood that employers will have access to the best and most qualified workers in a timely fashion, and increase public confidence in the integrity of the FBI criminal background check process."

Congressman Scott introduced the bill along with Representatives Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Alma Adams (NC-12), Bennie Thompson (MS-02), David Trone (MD-06), Bobby Rush (IL-01), Tony Cardenas (CA-29), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08).

To read the full text of the legislation, click here.

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