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6 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC EDUCATION; PROVIDING THAT THE LAW
7 ENFORCEMENT AND TECHNICAL SERVICES DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
8 PUBLIC SAFETY RELEASE TO THE STATE OFFICE OF EDUCATION ALL
9 INFORMATION RECEIVED IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FOR CRIMINAL
10 BACKGROUND CHECKS ON APPLICANTS FOR CERTIFICATION; AND MAKING
11 CERTAIN TECHNICAL CHANGES.
12 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
14 53A-6-103, as last amended by Chapter 234, Laws of Utah 1993
15 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
16 Section 1. Section 53A-6-103 is amended to read:
17 53A-6-103. Qualifications of applicants for certificates -- Changes in qualifications
18 -- Criminal background check.
19 (1) The State Board of Education shall establish the scholarship, training, and experience
20 required of applicants for certificates.
21 (2) (a) The board shall announce any increase in the requirements when made[
22 (b) The requirements shall become effective not less than one year from the date of the
24 (3) The board may determine by examination or otherwise the qualifications of applicants
25 for certificates.
26 (4) (a) (i) The State Office of Education, hereafter referred to as "office," shall require an
27 applicant for certification to submit to a criminal background check as a condition for certification.
1 (ii) As used in [
2 a lapsed, suspended, or revoked certificate.
3 (b) (i) The office shall establish a procedure for fingerprinting the applicant and submitting
4 the prints to the Law Enforcement and Technical Services Division of the Department of Public
5 Safety for checking against applicable state, regional, and national criminal records files.
6 (ii) The Law Enforcement and Technical Services Division shall release to the office the
8 (c) An applicant shall have opportunity to respond to any information received as a result
9 of the background check.
10 (d) (i) In preparing recommendations concerning certification for submission to the state
11 board, the office shall consider only those [
12 certification sought by the applicant.
13 (ii) This Subsection (4)(d) applies to [
14 the effective date of this Subsection (4)(d).
15 (e) If a recommendation is made for denial of certification because of information obtained
16 through a criminal background check, the person shall receive written notice of the reasons for the
17 recommendation and have an opportunity to respond in accordance with procedures set forth [
19 Advisory Commission.
20 (f) Information obtained under this section is confidential and may only be disclosed as
21 provided in this part.
22 (g) The applicant shall pay the costs of conducting the background check.
Legislative Review Note
as of 12-16-97 3:27 PM
A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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