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The Common Law: Does An Old Arrest Show Up on a Criminal Background Check?
What's best to do after a case gets dismissed
"...Most people don't realize that when companies run criminal background checks, it's the arrest records that they're searching, not..."

Sept. 5, 2014 Column by Chris Perri

Bill of the Week: Closing the Gun Show Loophole
Ellis proposes universal background checks
"...load up on weapons without having to undergo a background check...."

March 9, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Texas Gun Sense on Senate Deal
Weak bill likely to be weakened in process
"...John Woods issued a statement saying that while the background check bill represents progress, it's too narrow in scope,..."

April 11, 2013 News Post by Michael King

Prop. 1: False Advertising Claims Escalate
City officials deny claims on background checks
"...Prop. 1 fails, the city would take over the background checks for TNC drivers, no longer requiring "Uber and..."

April 22, 2016 News Feature by Mac McCann

Guns Return to Travis County Agenda {UPDATE}
Saxet contract "left pending" once again
"..."compromise" proposal by Saxet Gun Show ownership to encourage background checks by private sellers at future shows, Travis County..."

Jan. 21, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Guns Hang Fire at Travis County
Motions to amend or approve contract both fail, "left pending"
"...Court could not agree on what to do about background checks at future Saxet Gun Shows – so for..."

Jan. 7, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Uber, Lyft Return to Austin Monday
Gov. Abbott expected to sign rideshare bill
"...100. As a result, local rideshare rules like Austin‘s background check ordinance will be thrown out, to be replaced..."

May 25, 2017 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Gun Crazy!
Barack Obama may not be coming to get your weapons – but he's sure doing wonders for gun & ammo sales
"...several hundred people are pressing into the place to check out the stock. There are dozens of tables loaded..."

May 22, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Safer Service
"...that taxi drivers were only subject to a TxDOT fingerprint/background check that did not involve all 50 states, while..."

April 19, 2016 Postmarks

"...Check That Gun..."

March 15, 2013 News Column by Jordan Smith

Uber Says "Thumbs Down"
No truce in the TNC war
"...Dec. 17 vote to require, among other things, fingerprint-based background checks for transportation network company (TNC) drivers. Now, the..."

Jan. 29, 2016 News Feature by Mac McCann

Pct. 2 Candidates Face Off
Commissioner hopefuls tackle gun shows, immigration laws
"...and Garry Brown touted their diverse experience, endorsements, and backgrounds...."

Dec. 11, 2013 News Post by Christopher Hooks

Safety for Some
The mayor tries to find a way to placate Uber and Lyft
" drivers have to get fingerprinted and pass state-level background checks, while drivers for TNCs only have to do..."

Jan. 22, 2016 News Feature by Katie Matlack

Getting Outside the Box
Will City Council decide to give job applicants with criminal records a "fair chance"?
" trouble for refusing to consider all applications with checked criminal history boxes, but they're allowed to decide that..."

Oct. 9, 2015 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Public Notice: Out of Their Cold, Dead Brains
GOP refuses to be sensible about guns
"...of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks. ... We're also taking steps to make the..."

Jan. 8, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Guns & Ammo ... and Austin Politics
The state of gun control in Travis County
"...ban gun shows. Tovo thought it worrisome enough to check in with her colleagues about the call...."

Jan. 18, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Color of Justice
A drug bust in tiny Tulia, Texas opens up old racial wounds and raises questions about the veracity of the undercover cop-for-hire who orchestrated it all.
"...defense attorneys have begun to raise questions about Coleman's background -- relating to his employment history and the mysterious..."

July 28, 2000 News Feature by Nate Blakeslee

"...of quotes from Gibson's Neuromancer and filling in the background with annoying computer animation makes for some sort of..."

April 8, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

News Roundup: Arrests, Assaults, and Assholes
When city politics get dirty
"...mandates – which will likely include permit fees and background checks, both of which would align almost exactly as..."

Nov. 9, 2015 News Post by the News Staff

They All Start Out the Same
Guns and the law
"...requiring consumers to submit to (and pass) a criminal background check when purchasing a firearm from any FFL. (From..."

Oct. 5, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Will Austin Applicants Get a "Fair Chance"?
Proposed ordinance would require businesses consider job applicants with criminal histories
"...until a conditional offer is made before running a background check, but Rollins said his group simply wants more..."

March 25, 2016 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Catch Me If You Can
The film is based on the autobiography by Frank Abagnale Jr., who at the tender age of 17 led the FBI and various other law enforcement agencies on a giddy global romp while he kited, forged, and manufactured checks over a four-year period.
"...giddy global romp while he kited, forged, and manufactured checks to the tune of several million dollars over a..."

Dec. 27, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Public Notice: Learning to Share?
A full week of Proposition 1
"...Works for Austin's "deceptive campaign" regarding who will conduct background checks under the terms of the current ordinance. At..."

April 29, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Don't Drink and Rideshare
Lyft passenger gets a wilder ride than he bargained for
"...City Council and transportation network companies debating regulations and background checks for drivers, it's notable that, according to KVUE,..."

March 25, 2016 News Feature by Mac McCann

Point Austin: Thumbs Up or Down?
Will bowing to Uber and Lyft set a bad precedent for city government?
"...scheduled to consider the still-developing "incentives" governing TNC driver background checks next week (Jan. 28); the companies (TNCs Uber..."

Jan. 22, 2016 News Column by Michael King

Uber and Lyft Go to City Hall
Will Austin finally have permanent rules governing TNCs?
"...the language, drivers would need to pass fingerprint-based criminal background checks in order to be eligible to drive for..."

Dec. 18, 2015 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

City to Heyride: Not So Fast
Is this mobile ridesharing app in a legal gray area or openly violating the city's taxi franchise agreement?
"...that all drivers are required to successfully satisfy criminal background and driving history checks as per Austin City Code."..."

Nov. 30, 2012 News Feature by Dan Solomon

Celebrate National Foster Care Month With These Austin Organizations
How you can help a kid – or two – in the system
" be at least 25-years-old and pass a criminal background check. Both organizations also require training (for SAFE that’s..."

May 1, 2018 Chron Events Post by Sarah Marloff

85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
"...Committee), differ in details, but neither would require fingerprint background checks – currently mandatory in Austin and Houston –..."

Jan. 13, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

What Barrier?
"...Lyft see a requirement for fingerprinting and undergoing a background check as such a "barrier" that they could no..."

Feb. 5, 2016 Postmarks

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