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Source: Obama to act next week on gun background checks

President Barack Obama is expected to take executive action next week to expand background checks on gun sales, according to an individual whose gun control advocacy group has been briefed by administration officials about the timing.

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Credit history check for some jobs would be banned under bill

New Jersey could soon become the 12th state in the country to stop employers from using credit histories when determining whether or not to hire a job applicant.

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Lawmakers seek stricter checks on education contractors

State contractors with access to student information in New Jersey may soon have to undergo a criminal background check.

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International background checks on doctors – should NJ require them? – Poll

Remember the story of a UK doctor who lost his medical license and began practicing in New Jersey after he accidentally killed a sedated patient during a tooth extraction? State legislators didn't forget Dr. Richard Kaul's actions. In fact, they're pushing forward a bill that would make international background checks a requirement for doctors.

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Senate Leader Won’t Weaken Gun Background Checks

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't accept watered-down background checks as the price for pushing gun control legislation through the Senate.

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Background Checks Proposed for Sale of Explosive Powder

Under current law, someone can purchase as much as 50 pounds of explosive "black powder" without a background check, as well as an unlimited amount of "smokeless powder" and "black powder substitute."

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Senate Rejects Expanded Gun Background Checks

The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.

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Senate Plans Wednesday Vote on Gun Background Checks

The Senate has set a vote for Wednesday on a bipartisan plan for expanding background checks to more gun buyers, with supporters facing an uphill path to victory.

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Senate’s Gun Background Check Deal in Jeopardy

A bipartisan proposal to expand background checks to more gun buyers seems in jeopardy as more Republican senators are expressing opposition to the proposal, perhaps even enough to derail it. But there is plenty of time for both sides to change lawmakers' minds.

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Giffords Urges Support For Gun Background Checks

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the site of a shooting that left her critically wounded to urge key senators to support expanded background checks for gun purchases.

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