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Ohio AG to ask for background check funding

COLUMBUS (AP) — As he aims to replace Ohio’s computerized background check system, Attorney General Mike DeWine is awaiting bids for the job and preparing to ask lawmakers to approve funding for it.

The Columbus Dispatch reports DeWine’s office is receiving bids from contractors by Feb. 17 to replace the hardware and software of the system operated by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

An investigation by The Dispatch and WBNS-TV had found the fingerprint-based system wrongly indicated that some criminals have clean records.

DeWine’s office hired a consultant for nearly $475,000 last year to plan the replacement system. Officials haven’t estimated how much it will cost.