Section 2HHHH: Fingerprint–Based Background Check Trust Fund
Section 2HHHH. There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Fingerprint?Based Background Check Trust Fund, which shall consist of all fees collected for the purposes enumerated in sections 7 and 8 of chapter 15D, section 38R of chapter 71 and section 26A of chapter 119. Amounts credited to the fund shall be available, without further appropriation, to the executive office of public safety and security to carry out fingerprint-based state and national criminal background checks for the purposes of employment, professional licensure and other noncriminal justice purposes.
For the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of revenue and related expenditures for implementing fingerprint-based checks of the state and national criminal history databases, as authorized in said sections 7 and 8 of said chapter 15D, section 38R of chapter 71 and section 26A of chapter 119, the executive office of public safety and security may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the most recent revenue estimate; provided, however, that the fund shall be in balance by the end of the fiscal year. Revenues deposited in the fund that are unexpended at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund and shall be available for expenditure in the following fiscal year.
The fund shall be utilized for the sole purpose of carrying out state and national criminal background checks and verifications, including, but not limited to, obtaining or contracting to obtain fingerprints and fees from subjects, making payments charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other entity, staffing the department of state police and the department of criminal justice information services to submit fingerprints and to obtain, verify and disseminate the results of background checks and maintaining the public safety information systems used to obtain access to fingerprint-based state and national criminal background information.
The department of criminal justice information services shall report annually to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education on the cost of operating and administering the fingerprint-based criminal background check system, including the amount and purpose of expenditures from the fund.