A Montana state senator said Jan. 17 that privacy rights don't outweigh the need to fingerprint prospective Montana teachers to protect Montana children from abusers.

"This bill has one issue: It's called the safety of children," said Sen. Dale Mahlum, R-Missoula, sponsor of Senate Bill 233.

The bill, presented by Mahlum to the Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee, would authorize the state superintendent of public instruction to require fingerprinting and


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