U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is trying to get a child abuse prevention bill to unanimously pass the Senate by the end of the month.
The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act would require schools to perform criminal background checks on all employees and contractors who have contact with students. It also would prevent schools from knowingly transferring employees who have engaged in sexual misconduct.
The legislation unanimously passed the House of Representatives last year. Toomey sponsored a companion bill that has sat in committee since being introduced in late October.