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Chaffetz wants to regulate who works for census bureau

Chaffetz wants to regulate who works for census bureau



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah congressman is hoping to pass a bill that would deny former criminals certain census jobs. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says it's all about trust.

Chaffetz says the Census Bureau has told his office that former prostitutes and drug users could be hired to knock on your door.

"One of them that they said is acceptable is somebody who's a Peeping Tom," Chaffetz says. "Are you kidding me? That's who we're gonna send out?"

He's now introducing legislation that would allow the bureau to deny people who've committed certain crimes from going door to door.

"With the high unemployment rate now, I don't think we need to be out there hiring criminals," he says.

Chaffetz says some former criminals could hold other census jobs; he just wishes the bureau would set some hard and fast guidelines.

E-mail: cwall@ksl.com

Cleon Wall

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