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S.F. No. 1950 - Federal background checks by a city or county (First Engrossment)
Author: Senator Roger C. Chamberlain
Prepared By: Priyanka Premo, Senate Counsel (651/296-3914)
Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: February 24, 2020


SF 1950 authorizes a city or county to conduct a criminal history background check on: (1) an applicant for employment where the job duties include access to residential property or business property; and (2) an applicant for certain types of licensure, including a license to operate an adult entertainment establishment, provide massage services, operate as a solicitor or peddler, operate a lawful gambling business, operate a taxi service, or operate as a pawnbroker.

The city or county must collect the applicant’s informed consent and fingerprints for submission to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who will then submit the fingerprints for a national record search with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The BCA will provide a state record search.

The city or county retains the authority to determine whether the applicant is disqualified based on the results of the records search. The city or county may deny an application based on an applicant’s failure to cooperate with the records search.


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