Earlier this week, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed HB 259, a bill that broadens the scope of the state’s current law regarding background checks at colleges and universities. An article from KLFY News 10 reports that the bill “ensures that background checks requested by higher education institutions on potential employees not only include all past convictions for any crime but also include arrests for any sex offenses and violent crimes.”

 

Specifically, the bill added arrests for any aggravated offense or sexual offense against minors to criminal background searches done for colleges and universities. Both the governor and Representative Champagne, who sponsored the bill, praised the bill as a measure to help improve campus safety for students.