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Could the conviction box  be excluded from state employment applications? Senator A. Donald McEachin championed SB250 “Ban the Box” a bill that would remove the felony conviction box on state employment applications. Senator McEachin said, ” I am very excited to move forward with this legislation that will give offenders an opportunity to receive an interview, explain their prior actions and get a job so they can support their families.”

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Abbi Easter reports this legislation means a state employee applicant will not be kicked out simply because he has to check the box saying he had a prior conviction. If qualified for the position and granted an interview, he will then have the opportunity to explain his history and the interview can make a reasoned judgment.

The bill SB250 was passed by 20 democrats and 1 republican said Senator McEachin. During our interview Senator McEachin said he is excited about “Ban the Box” and now it is off to the House and hopes for great work there. PLAY AUDIO

Contact members in the House of Delegates here.

The “Ban the Box”  was modeled from a similar measure by City Council Member Michelle Mosby (District 9) that passed in the City of Richmond.

View the full text of Senate bill SB250, “Ban the Box” at Richmond Sunlight.


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