The Florida Senate passed a House bill April 25 simplifying security checks on school sites, The Jacksonville Business Journal reports.
Under the current bill, if a contractor of vendor wants to have workers on school grounds, the contractor must pay to send them through a security clearance process. If the employee passes, they receive an industry-specific badge that allows him or her to be on school grounds for work, the article reports.
However, the problem lies if an employer works in multiple school districts – as many as 67 districts have different security badges. This forces employers to pay for the same background check multiple times for the same worker.
The new bill would create one uniform badge at one price, which would save contractors and schools money, the article says. Lobbyists and the bill sponsor say it will save the industry hundreds of thousands of dollars.