Utah Senate backs bill to reform background checks
SB145 • Only convictions, not just arrests, would be given to employers.
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Records of arrests that did not lead to convictions soon may not be released as part of background checks for employment.

The Senate voted 26-0 on Thursday to pass SB145 by Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, and sent it to the House. He said that people who are arrested and acquitted, or have the charges dropped, find the arrest "still follows [them]" as they apply for jobs needing background checks.

"All government has to do is create an arrest record for someone they don't like and that stays with you the rest of your life," he added.

Bramble said his bill reinforces "the fundamental premise of individual liberty and freedom in America that you are innocent until proven guilty." The bill would still make information about arrests available to law enforcement.