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H.717

Introduced by Representatives Koch of Barre Town and Kilmartin of Newport City

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Municipal government; housing authorities; criminal records

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow public housing authorities access to the criminal records of an applicant for housing for the purpose of evaluating the suitability of the applicant.

AN ACT RELATING TO AUTHORIZING PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO REVIEW THE CRIMINAL RECORDS OF APPLICANTS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  24 V.S.A. § 4008 is amended to read:

§ 4008.  POWERS

An authority shall constitute a public body, corporate and politic, exercising public and essential governmental functions, and having all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of this chapter, including the following powers in addition to those herein granted:

(1)  To sue and be sued; to have a seal and to alter it at pleasure; to have perpetual succession; to make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of the powers of the authority; and to make and from time to time amend and repeal bylaws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this chapter, to carry into effect the powers and purposes of the authority.

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(10)  To administer, at its option, allocations of money made under 42 U.S.C.A. § 1437f.

(11)  To enter into a user agreement with the Vermont criminal information center either individually or collectively for access to the criminal records of an applicant for housing owned by an authority, provided that the information is used for the sole purpose of evaluating the applicant’s suitability for housing and provided that any authority accessing such criminal records shall not use or disseminate such records for any other purpose.  As used in this section, “criminal record” means an individual’s record of convictions in Vermont or another jurisdiction and, notwithstanding subdivision 3l7(c)(5) of Title 1, arrest and other data regarding any pending criminal charge.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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