SEARCH Membership Group Addresses Pending Legislation with Resolution

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SEARCH has been working closely with the office of Representative John Mica (R-FL), sponsor of S.223/H.R.658, the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011. Among other things, the bill "Authorizes the FAA Administrator to access the criminal history records or database systems of specified federal law enforcement agencies."

On March 23, 2011, the SEARCH Membership Group passed Resolution 11-58: Federal Legislation Authorizing Federal Noncriminal Justice Agencies to Obtain Access to State-based Criminal History Record Information. This resolution provides Congress—as they consider amendatory language of the bill—with specific points to take into account. In particular, the resolution urges Congress to support the amendatory language because it is based on core principles for noncriminal justice assess to state criminal justice record repositories.

The resolution calls for the FAA checks to be—insofar as practicable—based upon positive identification, not involve direct access to state criminal justice record repositories, and be subject to the same conditions established by the FBI and the states for noncriminal justice governmental agency access.

The resolution effort was led by SEARCH Members Ms. Liane Moriyama (Hawaii) and Ms. Donna Uzzell (Florida).