An Act To Require Criminal History Record Checks for All Prospective and Current Staff Members of the Office of the State Auditor
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, the work of the Office of the State Auditor requires that its employees have access to federal tax information and other confidential financial records; and
Whereas, the United States Internal Revenue Service requires state agencies that permit employees and contractors access to federal tax information must complete a criminal history background investigation that is favorably adjudicated; and
Whereas, this background investigation must include submission of fingerprints to the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and
Whereas, the work of the Office of the State Auditor will be delayed until such time as its employees have completed the required criminal history background investigation; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §247 is enacted to read:
§ 247. Criminal history background checks for State Auditor employees
Sec. 2. 25 MRSA §1542-A, sub-§1, ¶P, as enacted by PL 2017, c. 452, §25, is reallocated to 25 MRSA §1542-A, sub-§1, ¶S.
Sec. 3. 25 MRSA §1542-A, sub-§1, ¶¶Q and R, as enacted by PL 2017, c. 457, §13, are amended to read:
Sec. 4. 25 MRSA §1542-A, sub-§1, ¶T is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 25 MRSA §1542-A, sub-§3, ¶O, as enacted by PL 2017, c. 452, §26, is repealed.
Sec. 6. 25 MRSA §1542-A, sub-§3, ¶R is enacted to read:
Sec. 7. 25 MRSA §1542-A, sub-§3, ¶S is enacted to read:
Sec. 8. 25 MRSA §1542-A, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2017, c. 452, §27 and c. 457, §16, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 9. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
AUDITOR, OFFICE OF THE STATE
Audit Bureau 0067
Initiative: Provides funding for employee fingerprint-based background checks required by the United States Internal Revenue Service.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$784||$118|
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS||2019-20||2020-21|
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL||$1,216||$182|
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.