A new bill proposal, sponsored by State House Minority Leader Dan Short, R-Seaford, requires any candidate running for state or county office, as well as any municipal office on the general election ballot, would need to submit to a mandatory criminal background check.
Representative Short says his proposal would help increase the public's faith in political candidates. The bill has been under consideration for many weeks and Short says candidates running for office are applying for a job in which they will have authority over others and access to sensitive information.
Representative Short has sent the legislation to 61 state legislators for co-sponsorship and several have already joined him on the bill. The measure will be introduced after the General Assembly returns from its two-week Easter Break.