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COLUMBIA - The "Ban the Box" ordinance gets rid of the criminal history check box on job applications.

The Columbia City Council was supposed to discuss and vote on this Monday night, but instead tabled the discussion until December.

David Thomas is on the Mayor's Task Force.  He was at the meeting Monday night and said discussion was postponed because some key people did not feel informed enough on the issue. "City Council and the discussion last evening felt that some of the key stake holders had not had an opportunity to be able to fully study and reflect upon 'Ban the Box,'" Thomas said.

Thomas explained that this ordinance is targeted to help previous convicts in the job market. He thinks this ordinance would create equal opportunity and prevent discrimination in the workforce.

Thomas is invested in this issue because 63 other jurisdictions have already adopted the ordinance, including Columbia.  But the Mayor's Task Force is trying to expand its audience. "This is for all of the employers in Columbia to be able to follow the same type of practice," Thomas said.

Currently, the City of Columbia already has the "Ban the Box" ordinance in place, meaning that city employees do not have to check any sort of criminal history box when they first apply for a job with the city.

The ordinance will be discussed at the start of December at the Columbia City Council meeting.The Columbia City Council discusses the issue of a "Ban the Box" ordinance in Columbia City Hall on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri. The city council tabled the ordinance until December.

Columbia City Council member Barbara Hoppe raises questions about the "Ban the Box" issue in Columbia City Hall on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri. The city council tabled the ordinance until December.

 

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