Bill aimed at closing loophole in school hiring passes house

The Rhode Island State House in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – A bill requiring national background checks for all employees of firms contracting with Rhode Island school districts has passed the RI House of Representatives.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Antony Giarrusso (R-East Greenwich, West Greenwich), was developed in cooperation with Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

It would expand the definition of employment to include contract employees and employees of third-party contractors, such as school bus drivers and monitors, cafeteria staff, etc.

“I am extremely pleased that the House overwhelmingly supported this legislation,” said Rep. Giarrusso.

The bill comes following an incident in East Greenwich in November 2013, in which a school bus monitor working for a third-party contractor was arrested on charges of possessing and sharing child pornography.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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