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| Hospitality
January 21 2015

Arizona Lawmakers Want Background Checks For Hotel Workers

"Two Arizona lawmakers have pledged to push for legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from having unfettered access to hotel guest rooms, an effort hospitality officials say they would welcome for discussion. The announcement comes in the wake of allegations that two hotel chains with Mesa franchisees failed to properly screen an employee who was a high-level sex offender, enabling him to sexually assault at least two women in their locked hotel rooms. An official of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association said the association would definitely be amenable to discussions about the idea, and guest safety is a critical issue for the industry - ""So anything that we can do to assist in that process is definitely a goal."""