TRENTON – The Senate today approved a measure sponsored by Senator Steve Sweeney that would require identity and criminal background checks for employees of independent contractors employed at industrial sites.
“This measure would serve as a preventative measure to help protect the State’s chemical plants and other related sites,” said Senator Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem. “Currently, independent contractors are able to hire workers without knowledge of their criminal history. It is imperative that we know the history of people who work at secure facilities like chemical plants, and other buildings that could be used in terrorist attacks. This bill is about protecting public safety.”