Gov. Inslee signs Rep. Skyler Rude’s bill seeking to expand educational background checks into law

A bill that would expand background check requirements for public schools was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday.

House Bill 2259 was authored by Rep. Skyler Rude, R-Walla Walla.

“It's vital to ensure that our kids are protected and safe. Safeguarding student's sensitive information is important,” said Rude. “My bill is a technical fix to current law to align with federal standards. To have access to the FBI background system, the OSPI needs authority from the state. This gives them the authority they need.”

Rude's bill will:

  • Add the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to the list of entities that must require a record check before hiring employees in certain educational settings.
  • Require a pre-employment record check for employees of certain educational institutions who receive criminal history record information or personally identifiable information from the record checks of other employees.

The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill goes into effect later this year.

The 2020 legislative session adjourned on March 12.

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