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SALT LAKE CITY — Criminal records and background checks may soon be shared between Utah and other states as part of a crime prevention compact.

The House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted unanimously Monday in favor of HB445, sponsored by Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton.

The bill, if passed into law, would tie Utah to the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact, a cooperative effort to share criminal information with other states and the federal government for the purpose of background checks.

Nicole Borgeson, with the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, said membership in the compact gives Utah the ability to vote on how records kept within the compact are used and allows the state to take part in the National Fingerprint File program.

Borgeson said participation in the fingerprint program would allow Utah to simply submit fingerprint information and obtain any criminal history associated with those fingerprints.

The bill next moves to the House floor for consideration.

— Ryan Morgan

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