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Palacios to modify 'background check' bill

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Legislation that would require the Guam Election Commission to conduct more thorough background checks into candidates seeking public office was held today.  Bill 296 was introduced by Senator Adolpho Palacios in the wake of the controversy surrounding Senator Matt Rector, who only recently admitted he was convicted of burglary in California in 1983.

The bill would require the GEC to work with the FBI's National Crime Information Center.  According to Palacios, after today's hearing he plans to amend the bill, saying, "I'm considering right now this point that instead of the National Crime Information Center of the FBI, it kind of complicated and cumbersome and it was just probably require the candidate through statute to submit to the FBI fingerprinting through GPD."

It's estimated the intensive background check will cost $32 per person and should take about four hours to two days to get back.

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