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Bill to fix holes in criminal screens

With a bill intended to fine-tune a 2012 law, Massachusetts could join the rest of the country in running FBI background checks on teachers and other individuals who work with children.

The Legislature had intended to accomplish the expanded background checks for child care workers with a bill that cleared both chambers last December and was signed by Governor Deval Patrick in January. However, there were specific references in the new law that did not match up with federal law, according to state Representative Alice Peisch, the House chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Education.

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