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CS/CS/CS/HB 943: Background Screening

GENERAL BILL by Health and Human Services Committee ; Criminal Justice Subcommittee ; Health and Human Services Access Subcommittee ; Holder ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Baxley ; Campbell ; Snyder

Background Screening; Revises exemptions from background screening requirements for certain mental health personnel & law enforcement officers; eliminates rule that requires AHCA to stagger rescreening schedules; revises provisions relating to background screening for persons rendering care in consumer-directed care program; revises provisions relating to general vocational rehabilitation programs; requires registration of service providers; requires background screening & rescreening of certain persons having contact with vulnerable persons; provides exemptions; provides disqualifying offenses; provides that cost of screening shall be borne by provider or person being screened; provides conditions for denial, suspension, termination, or revocation of registration or other agreements; provides for notice; provides applicability; includes person who has access to client's personal identification information within definition of term "direct service provider"; exempts certain professionals licensed by DOH, attorneys in good standing, relatives of clients, & certain volunteers from level 2 background screening; exempts certain licensed professionals & persons from further screening; provides requirements for screening of direct service providers; requires vendors who submit fingerprints on behalf of employers to meet specified criteria; authorizes employer to hire employee to position that otherwise requires background screening before completion of screening process for purpose of training employee; prohibits employee from having direct contact with vulnerable persons until screening process is complete; creates Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse under AHCA, in consultation with FDLE; provides for specified agencies to share results of criminal history checks; provides exemption for certain employees who have undergone criminal history check before clearinghouse is operational; requires application for initial licensure in profession regulated by DOH to include fingerprints submitted by approved vendor after specified date; requires applicant to pay costs of fingerprint processing; provides procedures for submission of fingerprints by private vendors, private entities, & public agencies; specifies standards for electronic submission of fingerprints.

Effective Date: 4/6/2012
Last Action: 4/8/2012 - Chapter No. 2012-73
Bill Text: PDF



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
12/7/2011 House • Filed
12/21/2011 House • Referred to Health and Human Services Access Subcommittee; Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee -HJ 92
1/10/2012 House • Introduced -HJ 92
1/12/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Health and Human Services Access Subcommittee, 01/17/12, 3:30 pm, Webster Hall
1/17/2012 House • CS by Health and Human Services Access Subcommittee; YEAS 15 NAYS 0 -HJ 238
1/19/2012 House • Pending review of CS under Rule 7.19(c)
• CS by Health and Human Services Access Subcommittee read 1st time -HJ 233
1/20/2012 House • Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee -HJ 247
1/23/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Criminal Justice Subcommittee, 01/25/12, 11:00 am, 404 HOB
1/25/2012 House • CS/CS by Criminal Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 14 NAYS 0 -HJ 310
1/30/2012 House • Pending review of CS under Rule 7.19(c)
• CS/CS by Criminal Justice Subcommittee read 1st time -HJ 305
1/31/2012 House • Now in Health and Human Services Committee -HJ 318
2/14/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Health and Human Services Committee, 02/16/12, 9:00 am, 404 HOB
2/16/2012 House • CS/CS/CS by- Health and Human Services Committee; YEAS 18 NAYS 0 -HJ 684
2/17/2012 House • Pending review of CS -under Rule 7.19(c)
2/20/2012 House • Placed on Calendar -HJ 682
• CS/CS/CS by Health and Human Services Committee read 1st time -HJ 677
• Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/22/12
2/22/2012 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 723
• Placed on 3rd reading
2/23/2012 House • Read 3rd time -HJ 771
• CS passed; YEAS 114 NAYS 0 -HJ 772
2/24/2012 Senate • In Messages
3/2/2012 Senate • Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations; Budget -SJ 822
3/5/2012 Senate • Received -SJ 822
3/6/2012 Senate • Withdrawn from Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations; Budget -SJ 880
• Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading -SJ 880
• Substituted for CS/CS/SB 320 -SJ 880
• Read 2nd time -SJ 880
• Placed on 3rd reading
3/7/2012 Senate • Read 3rd time -SJ 910
• CS passed; YEAS 39 NAYS 0 -SJ 911
3/7/2012 House • Ordered enrolled -HJ 1178
3/23/2012 • Signed by Officers and presented to Governor
4/6/2012 • Approved by Governor
4/8/2012 • Chapter No. 2012-73