Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation yesterday ensuring thorough background checks of workers who care for the elderly.

Senate Bills 787 and 788 modify existing statute requiring certain individuals involved in elderly care to undergo a background check so the language meets FBI standards. Owners, operators, authorized representatives and certain other individuals involved in homes for the aged or adult foster care will be required to provide written consent for the Michigan State Police to conduct a criminal history check and a criminal records check through the FBI at the time of application, appointment or renewal.

"We have a responsibility to ensure the best and safest care for Michigan's elderly," Snyder said. "A thorough background check of caregivers ensures only the most dedicated and scrupulous Michiganders work with our vulnerable citizens."

The bills are now Public Acts 51 and 52.

Visit www.legislature.mi.gov for more information on the bills.