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'Ban the box' employment bill passes La. House, advances to Senate

8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago April 26, 2016 Apr 26, 2016 Tuesday, April 26 2016 April 26, 2016 6:26 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Megan Trimble

BATON ROUGE - State representatives cheered as a bid to block state employers from asking about job applicants' criminal histories before interviews cleared the Louisiana House.
    
Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, a Baton Rouge Democrat, says her "ban the box" proposal is a bipartisan push aimed at employing former inmates, reducing recidivism and reforming the state's criminal justice system.
    
The proposal applies to the state's politically-appointed "unclassified" employees and not rank-and-file "classified" state workers subject to Louisiana's civil service system.
    
The House voted 53-39 for the proposal, the minimum support needed for passage. The measure moves next to the Senate.
    
Opponents say former inmates should notify employers about convictions early in the hiring process, but supporters counter that prospective employers can still ask applicants about criminal histories during interviews.
    

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