DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker says candidate for political office in Delaware should undergo criminal background checks.
The proposal by House Minority Leader Danny Short comes as legislators consider a bill expanding criminal background checks for gun purchases to include most private sales.
Short says his bill has been under consideration for several weeks and that the timing of its announcement Friday, one day after the House passed the gun background check bill, is just coincidence.
Under Short's proposal, any candidate running for state, county or municipal office on the general election ballot would have to submit to a criminal background check.
Short notes that the state already requires such checks for people working in other positions of trust, such as doctors, nurses, teachers and therapists.
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