AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Cedar Park lawmaker is working to close a loophole that could allow registered sex offenders or violent criminals to work in your home before undergoing a thorough background check. The move comes in response to a KXAN Investigation which found a registered sex offender installing home security alarm systems.
The investigation found current law allows applicants for a state license, to install alarms or be a locksmith, can work for up to 120 days while a background check is conducted and before their license application is approved. Now, State Rep. Tony Dale is proposing a bill to close the loophole exposed in the investigation.
“Our bill says that if you’re going to work in the private security industry, things like putting alarms in peoples homes or businesses, that you have to have completed a background check,” Dale told the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.
The bill would allow large companies to do their own background checks through the Department of Public Safety as long as it is available for inspection by the state. The bill was left pending in committee Tuesday, with no apparent opposition.
We’ll keep you posted on whether or not this bill becomes law.