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SC Lawmakers look to add more background checks on realtors

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Kohlhepp in bond court. (Nov. 4, 2016/FOX Carolina) Kohlhepp in bond court. (Nov. 4, 2016/FOX Carolina)

Right now in the state of South Carolina, realtors only have to go through one background check when they first get their license. Representative, Chip Huggins hopes to change that with a recent bill he's sponsored.

“This new bill will require all licensees upon renewal to have a have background check done at that time,” explained Rep. Huggins.

Every 2 years realtors would not only have to get their license renewed, but also go through another background check. Similar ideas have been thrown around by lawmakers, but ultimately voted down in the past.

Representative Eddie Tallon says Todd Kohlhepp has changed the way people are thinking in the state about realtors.

"They can get into someone's home,” explained Tallon, “They've got keys to all these homes that are either empty or people living there. They're able to get into them."

Tallon says lawmakers will also look at which crimes will dictate a decision.

"As far as what crimes people commit,” explained Tallon, “That they should probably keep their licenses and probably should not license."

Another element of the bill that will be looked at is how is this going to be paid for if it does pass.

"We're trying to figure out the cost,” said Huggins, “What the cost of the background check is going to be. Who's going to incur that cost during those checks."

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