LA County Mulls Background Checks For Ice Cream Vendors
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Officials with Los Angeles County are considering a plan to require ice cream vendors to undergo fingerprinting and background checks.
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved having staff members look into the new regulations, in which vendors would be screened for prior criminal records that include sex offenses and pornography convictions.
Supervisor Don Knabe, who introduced the motion (PDF), said the regulations could also apply to other businesses selling items to children.
“I believe that ice cream vendors and any other business whose primary clientele is children should be added to the list of individuals that must satisfy Live-Scan requirements before a business license can be issued in the interest of protecting our communities, and in particular our children, from criminal elements,” Knabe said.
The Board instructed the LA County Treasurer and Tax Collector’s offices to report back within 60 days with a list of businesses whose primary clientele is unsupervised children, and whether a Live-Scan requirement can be imposed on applicants whose businesses regularly interact with children prior to the issuance of a business license.