TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The senior citizens group AARP says
it's baffled by Gov. Rick Scott's veto of a bill that would have
exempted social service volunteers from background screening.
Jeff Johnson is AARP's interim state director. He said Friday that the bill (SB 1992) struck a balance between the need for volunteers and protecting elderly and disabled people and children.
Johnson cited a Senate staff analysis that said a 2010 law requiring volunteers to get criminal background checks has had a dramatic effect on programs such as Meals on Wheels. It says Meals on Wheels is losing volunteers it depends on to make deliveries because they cannot afford the screening.
In his veto message Scott said the risk of exempting volunteers wasn't worth taking.