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CPS criticized for lax employee screening

AUSTIN (AP) - State lawmakers -- concerned that Child Protective Services doesn't run regular criminal background checks on the vast majority of its employees -- say they'll file legislation requiring routine checks.

The lax screening came to light after lawmakers learned of a CPS supervisor's assault conviction and an indecent exposure charge against a caseworker

Representative Patrick Rose -- a Democrat from Dripping Springs -- criticized CPS' current policy. The agency runs Texas background checks on virtually all the people it hires but then rechecks each year for only 250 staffers.

CPS officials say they will consider changes.

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