Background check legislation introduced in Senate

Legislation that would establish a system of federal background checks for employers and employees of security installation and monitoring companies has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

The bill (S. 1319), dubbed the "Electronic Life Safety and Security Systems Federal Background Check Act of 2011," was introduced late last month by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Similar legislation was introduced earlier this year in the House by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo).

Once the measure is approved and signed into law, the Department of Justice would be responsible for establishing rules and administering the program. Other industries that have been granted similar access include banks, horse and dog racing businesses, the commodity futures trading industry, flight school training companies, private security guard firms, armored car companies, and Indian gaming facilities.

"The introduction of S. 1319 is a major success in this initiative," the Electronic Security Association said in a statement. "ESA would like to especially acknowledge the New York Burglar and Fire Alarm Association for helping to secure Sen. Schumer as a sponsor of this legislation. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Schumer can help move the legislation through the committee and to the Senate floor for a final vote."

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