Raleigh, N.C. — A bill that requires background checks for those seeking public assistance has cleared the Senate Judiciary I Committee.
However, the measure has been modified from earlier version so as not to conflict with federal law. As originally drafted, the bill would have require local DSS offices to send information to law enforcement. The measure now requires the state Social Service Commission to develop rules for information.
According to the committee's staff, those rules will likely require law enforcement to request certain information on recipients rather than have DSS workers automatically hand it over.
"The federal rules regarding this is what we were dealing with," Rep. Dean Arp, R-Union explained to the committee.
The measure, which was approved by the committee on a voice vote, goes next to the Senate floor.