ACT NO. 169
Employer access to criminal conviction records
This act increases access to Vermont criminal conviction records in three ways:
1. The act permits an employer to obtain the Vermont criminal conviction record of a person who has applied for a position as an employee or volunteer with that employer.
2. The act permits the Vermont criminal justice training council to obtain a Vermont criminal conviction record for a person who has applied for admission to a course of instruction offered by the council.
3. The act permits a licensed private investigator to obtain a Vermont criminal conviction record for a criminal justice agency that hired the PI to provide investigative services for criminal justice purposes, for a licensed attorney who hired the PI to provide investigative services to the attorney in a criminal matter in which the attorney is an attorney of record, and for a licensed insurer who hires a licensed private investigator to provide investigative services to the insurer in a fraud investigation.
A $10.00 fee is required to obtain the record; however, the fee will be waived for employers who work with children, the elderly, and the disabled.
The Vermont criminal information center is required to report to the house and senate committees on judiciary by January 15, 2007 regarding various aspects of public access to VCIC records.
An access to criminal history record information committee is established for the purpose of making findings and recommendations regarding public access to statewide criminal history records from the Vermont crime information center and the dissemination of electronic criminal case record information by the court. The committee is composed of seven members and is chaired by an acting judge or justice. The committee is required to report its findings to the house and senate committees on judiciary by January 15, 2007.
The judiciary prohibited providing public access via the internet to criminal case records or family court case records prior to June 1, 2007. The court may permit criminal justice agencies internet access to criminal case records for criminal justice purposes.
Effective Date: July 1, 2006
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street