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LA County Considering Background Checks on Ice Cream Sellers

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Shutterstock/Leonard Zhukovsky

Shutterstock/Leonard Zhukovsky

Summertime is all about relaxing, enjoying time spent outside, and having fun. But now, thanks to a new law in Los Angeles County, summertime fun faces some new regulations.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County is now proposing that ice cream truck vendors and other merchants who sell products to unsupervised children be subjected to background checks.

In a unanimous vote that took place on Tuesday, May 6, the county Board of Supervisors requested that its staff research the planned regulations. They’re looking for laws that “mandate fingerprinting and a criminal history report for those seeking a license for a business that serves children.” They requested that their staff turn in a report in 60 days that details businesses that serve unsupervised children, as well as information on the time and cost it would take to conduct the background checks.

Supervisor Don Knabe, who spearheaded the new proposed regulations, said, “By adding another level of scrutiny to the way we issue business licenses in Los Angeles County, we can do a better job of protecting our communities and keeping our children out of harm’s way.”

The supervisor said that applicants should be screened for abuse, sex offenses, pornography, or molestation charges. “We could be unknowingly permitting dangerous individuals to come into contact with innocent children,” he told the Times.

Currently in Los Angeles County, owners of adult businesses and purveyors who sell weapons and explosives must undergo background checks prior to receiving licenses.

Other cities and states have considered or gone through with passing ice cream truck background check laws including Iowa, Salt Lake City, and Summit County, Ohio.

Knabe stressed that in Los Angeles County, it’s a duty for adults to protect kids from danger. “As the ultimate safety net for our most vulnerable residents, we have a responsibility to protect our young children.”

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May 28th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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