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New PA Law Requires Criminal Background Checks - Legislative Update

In our previous posting we made you aware of PA Act 153 and the potential impact on your organization.  On June 10th, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf announced that fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the Child Protective Services Law will be waived for volunteers working with children.

Here are some additional considerations:
  1. The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania State Police will be reducing the cost of both clearances from $10 to $8 for all other applicants.
  2. The Federal Criminal History Record will still be required and the fee of $27.50 is not included in Gov. Wolf's fee reduction plan. Note that this check still can be waived for volunteers who "swear or affirm" in writing that they have resided in PA for 10+ years and have never been convicted of any crime. 
  3. It's important to note that these changes do not take effect until July 25, 2015. 

For more information on the topic, Governor Wolf's press release can be found here.

Important Disclaimer:
Although we are specialty insurance brokers we are not attorneys.  By making your organization aware of this new law we are providing a value-added service - but that is all we're allowed by law and regulation to do.  We're not permitted to interpret the law or advise with respect to compliance.  If you need help interpreting this law, we urge you to speak with legal counsel or to call your state representative's office.