House Passes Moul Bill to Expand Clearances for Childcare Workers

HARRISBURG – By a unanimous vote, the House today gave its approval to a bill sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) that would expand the scope of background checks for individuals whose jobs involve children. 

House Bill 435 would extend current clearance requirements for professionals who work with children to include anyone applying for a paid or unpaid volunteer position in which they would be responsible for the welfare of a child.  Moul’s bill would strengthen the screening process to help ensure the safety of children.

“Under current law, teachers, child care providers, foster parents, prospective adoptive parents and other professionals who work closely with children are required to undergo background clearances by the state police and the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) child abuse registry, and anyone who has resided in Pennsylvania for fewer than 10 years, must also undergo an FBI background check.

“My bill would require professionals and volunteers who work with children to submit to initial background checks and repeat them once every two years thereafter,” said Moul.  “The bill specifies offenses that would permanently ban employees from jobs involving children, and would require DPW to develop a form that employees and volunteers would be required to use to disclose whether they have been arrested or convicted of an offense that would permanently ban them from employment. The same form would be used to report any new arrests or convictions of this nature within 72 hours.”

Moul’s bill, which stems from recommendations by the Task Force on Child Protection, is one of 19 child protection measures that have passed in the House and are awaiting action in the state Senate.

To see Moul’s comments following today’s House vote, go to:

Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Donna Pinkham
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