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Have you been convicted a felony? Senator A. Donald McEachin introduced the ‘ban the box” SB250, the purpose is to raise awareness about the difficulties facing ex-offenders trying to find employment and current legislation seeking to help them reintegrate successfully into society.

The “Ban the Box” bill passed out of the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee and will head to the floor for a bipartisan vote. The measure would prohibit state agencies and private employers to exclude an applicant’s criminal background on an employment application. A prospective employee may not be asked if he has ever been convicted of any crime unless the inquiry takes place after the prospective employee has received a conditional offer of employment, which offer may be withdrawn if the prospective employee has a conviction record that bears a rational relationship to the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Senator Donald McEachin discusses the ‘ban the box” bill with Miss Community Clooovia and why he supports this measure, along with, Richmond City Councilwoman, Michelle Mosby, District 9. Play audio here….https://kissrichmond.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2014/02/sen-mceachin-fe-4-2014-ban-the-box.mp3

View the full text of SB250 at Richmond Sunlight.

Senator Donald McEachin and Delegate Rob Krupicka will host a press conference to discuss their “ban the box” legislation. The bill HB892 if  passed by lawmakers would prohibit state agencies from asking about criminal history on employment applications.

The “Ban the Box” press conference will be held at the House Briefing Room at the Virginia General Assembly Buiding today at 2 p.m. The purpose is to raise awareness about the difficulties facing ex-offenders trying to find employment and the current legislation seeking to help them reintegrate successfully into society.

The press conference will include speakers from Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), Bridging the Gap In Virginia and personal testimonies from ex-offenders.

Richard Walker of Bridging the Gap in Virginia had this to say about the “Ban the Box” legislation

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