Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 10, 2013
‘Protect Against Pedophiles Act’
heads to full Senate
The Senate Appropriations Committee has given approval
to a measure to better protect Oklahoma children from child molesters.
Loveless is Senate author of House Bill 2228, creating the “Protect
Against Pedophiles Act,” which was approved on Wednesday.
Loveless said federal law forbids schools to require background
checks unless they are specifically allowed by state law.
“The bill would give school districts authorization to require
background checks for volunteers,” said Loveless, R-Oklahoma
City. “We know that pedophiles seek out jobs or volunteer
work that will bring them into contact with children. Schools already
do criminal background checks on teachers—this simply gives
them the authority to require the same of volunteers if a district
chooses to do so.”
Under HB 2228, authored by Rep. Joe Dorman in the House, the Oklahoma
State Bureau of Investigation would conduct the criminal background
check, which would be paid for by the school district or the volunteer.
College students who are required to spend time in public schools
as part of their curriculum, such as education majors who do student-teaching,
would be required to pay the fee themselves.
“We’ve seen far too many cases of pedophiles gaining
easy access to their prey through working or volunteering in schools,
churches and youth organizations. It is a crime that affects children
for the rest of their lives,” Loveless said. “HB 2228
gives us another tool for stopping sexual predators from victimizing
HB 2228 now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Loveless: (405) 521-5618