Wed, March 16th, 2011 - 5:14 am - By Gordon Basichis
Here is a bill that makes sense around here. Arkansas House Bill 2061 proposes that background checks be mandated for any political candidates. Presumably, the background checks would check criminal records for anyone running for political office.
At a time when states are hesitating to conduct background checks, due to budgetary concerns in a bad economy, I see this as a proactive move. A smart move, in fact.
According to the Tolbert Report, HB2061, presented by Representative Leslee Milam Post, is currently a shell bill. Judging by its title , this bill would create rules governing criminal background checks on political candidates. Rep. David Meeks has proposed a similar bill. His bill is HB1982. Meeks bill offers more specific detail and is more comprehensive than HB2061. in scope.
These bills come on the heels of a controversial issues surrounding someone in Arkansas political office. Allegedly, information about his past criminal convictions was leaked to the media. Presumably, the proposed legislation would circumvent such misdealing by instituting background checks at the beginning of a political campaign.