Criminal background checks would be conducted on real estate agents

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 11:24 AM EST
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Criminal background checks would be conducted on real estate agents

Criminal background checks would be conducted on real estate professionals seeking to renew their South Carolina licenses under a proposed bill.

The bill's sponsor, South Carolina state Rep. Chip Huggins, said he decided to propose the measure after Spartanburg County real estate agent Todd Kohlepp was recently charged with kidnapping and seven counts of murder.

Huggins, a Republican from Columbia who is a former realtor, said he also is working with Rep. Eddie Tallon on legislation that might specify which types of crimes would disqualify someone from being licensed as a real estate professional in South Carolina. Tallon, a Republican from Spartanburg, is a retired state law enforcement officer.

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