A handful of recent high-profile thefts of drugs by health-care workers were not enough to convince Republicans in the Colorado Legislature to support a plan to require fingerprint-based background checks for nurses and doctors coming to work in the state.

GOP members of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Thursday killed House Bill 1121, sponsored by state Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, which would have instituted such a background check system for health-care professionals ranging from physicians to veterinarians and from dentists to nurses aides.

Colorado currently is one of five states in the country that does not require fingerprint checks for nursing-license applicants and one of just six that doesn’t demand the same of doctors.

Buckner and sponsoring Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, said the issue was one of public safety, especially after the fear created by the arrest of Rocky Allen, a surgical technician at Swedish Medical Center who received a prison sentence for stealing the powerful drug fentanyl out of needles at the facility and causing the Englewood hospital to have to test some 3,000 patients for potential infection because of this.

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