Missouri Senate panel moves forward 'ban the box' measure
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The full Missouri Senate will consider a measure that would bar public employers from inquiring early in the employment application process into the criminal history of an individual.
A Senate committee on Tuesday voted 5-3 to send the bill to the floor.
It's modeled on the 'ban the box' effort to prevent people with criminal histories from being ruled out early for a job opportunity. After a conditional offer has been made, an employer could inquire about any criminal history and would be able to withdraw an offer if the offense is related to the position.
Democratic Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, of St. Louis, says the measure will give people a second chance.
Private employers or law enforcement agencies would not be subject to the law.