Web-Based Criminal Histories Could Become Available

March 28, 2003
Posted at: 4:09 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Criminal history information will be available online to employers for a fee under legislation the House passed today.

The bill is sponsored by Representative Jodie Mahony of El Dorado. It would make the Arkansas Crime Information Center the only source for obtaining the information provided by the state police.

The Center would charge a $20 fee for access to the information on its Web site. Criminal history information would include pending felony arrests and misdemeanor and felony convictions.

The available data would not include sealed records or charges that were dropped. Only state agencies, employers and licensing boards could access the information through the bill. Employers would need the written consent of the person being checked.

State police officials say the agency is running a $1.3 million deficit in program operations.

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