By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Senate panel has endorsed a plan for taxpayers to pick up a $150,000 tab in background checks for Idaho teachers and other school employees.

The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed the bill on Wednesday.

The move comes after a similar attempt died earlier this year after a House panel killed the proposal 8-6.

Teachers currently pay a $40 fee that covers law enforcement’s share of the background check.

But Tim Corder, special assistant to Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra, says the Department of Education needs an additional $11 per background check to administer the program.

The bill has already passed the full House 42-23. It now goes to the Senate floor for approval.

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