HB 180: "An Act requiring child services providers to obtain criminal background checks for child services workers."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 180 01 "An Act requiring child services providers to obtain criminal background checks for 02 child services workers." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 47.18 is amended by adding a new section to read: 05 Article 4A. Child Services Workers. 06 Sec. 47.18.250. Criminal background check required. (a) A child services 07 provider may not employ, appoint, retain, or use the volunteer services of an 08 individual as a child services worker unless the provider has, within the previous 365 09 days, received a report of state criminal justice information available to an interested 10 person under AS 12.62.160 for the individual that was prepared by the Department of 11 Public Safety and the report did not show any current offender information or past 12 conviction information involving a serious offense. 13 (b) A child services provider may not request state criminal justice 14 information under this section unless the individual seeking to be a child services

01 worker provides 02 (1) a completed application for the state criminal justice information 03 that contains the name, address, and date of birth of the individual; 04 (2) a signed statement by the individual that 05 (A) the application is that of the individual; and 06 (B) the individual has not been convicted of a serious crime, or, 07 if the individual has been convicted of a serious crime, the statement must 08 provide a description of the crime and the details of the conviction; and 09 (3) an acknowledgment that the individual has been notified by the 10 child services provider that state criminal justice information will be requested, that 11 the individual may receive a copy of the information, and that the individual may have 12 the right to challenge the information as provided in (c) of this section. 13 (c) Upon request of an individual who is the subject of a report of state 14 criminal justice information under this section, the child services provider shall 15 provide to the individual a copy of the transcript received under this section pertaining 16 to the individual. The individual may challenge the accuracy and completeness of the 17 transcript in the manner provided in AS 12.62. 18 (d) In this section, 19 (1) "child services" means the care, treatment, education, training, 20 instruction, supervision, or recreation of children under 18 years of age; 21 (2) "child services worker" means an individual who serves with or 22 without compensation in a position in which the individual has or may have 23 unsupervised access to a minor on more than a sporadic basis; 24 (3) "current offender information" has the meaning given in 25 AS 12.62.900; 26 (4) "past conviction information" has the meaning given in 27 AS 12.62.900; 28 (5) "provider" means a business, organization, or other entity, whether 29 public, private, for profit, not for profit, or voluntary, that provides child services; 30 (6) "serious offense" has the meaning given in AS 12.62.900.