Please contact committee legislators enclosed supporting Ban-the-Box fair and commonsense legislation. Thank you.
HB892 and SB250 would prohibit state agencies from inquiring about criminal history on employment applications.
Unemployed former offenders are 2.1 times more likely to be re-arrested than employed former offenders.
75% of former offenders remain unemployed for up to one year after release.
Discriminating based on criminal history has become a liability for Virginia: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has started to take actions against employers that fail to hire somebody solely due to a criminal background.
SB250 and HB892 do not effect law enforcement agencies or positions designated as sensitive positions; they are exempt from the changes
Businesses are missing out on qualified applicants because they are making assumptions about ex-offenders before interviewing them.Â Employers have the right to know a potential employeeâ€™s criminal background, but should not be allowed to discriminate based on that one factor. SB250 and HB892 are about giving people the ability to successfully re-integrate into society by helping them get past the first hurdle in the job application process.
HB 892 â€“ â€śBAN THE BOXâ€ť
HOUSE COURTS OF JUSTICE COMMITTEE; CRIMINAL SUBCOMMITTEE
Delegate Robert B. Bell (Chairman) (R), 58th
Delegate David B. Albo (R), 42nd
Delegate Benjamin L. Cline (R), 24th
Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (R), 15th
Delegate Jackson H. Miller (R), 50th
Delegate Ronald A. Villanueva (R), 21st
Delegate Rick L. Morris (R), 64th
Delegate Les R. Adams (R), 16th
Delegate Vivian E. Watts (D), 39th
Delegate Charniele L. Herring (D), 46th
Delegate T. Monty Mason (D), 93rd
SB250 â€“ â€śBAN THE BOXâ€ť
SENATE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL LAWS AND TECHNOLOGY
Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr.Â Â (R) – Senate District 15
Senator Charles J. ColganÂ Â (D) – Senate District 29
Senator Walter A. StoschÂ Â (R) – Senate District 12
Senator Stephen H. MartinÂ Â (R) – Senate District 11
Senator Mamie E. LockeÂ Â (D) – Senate District 2
Senator J. Chapman PetersenÂ Â (D) – Senate District 34
Senator George L. BarkerÂ Â (D) – Senate District 39
Senator Jill Holtzman VogelÂ Â (R) – Senate District 27
Senator Richard H. StuartÂ Â (R) – Senate District 28
Senator Richard H. BlackÂ Â (R) – Senate District 13
Senator Bryce E. ReevesÂ Â (R) – Senate District 17
Senator Thomas A. GarrettÂ Â (R) – Senate District 22
Senator R. Creigh DeedsÂ Â (D) – Senate District 25
Senator Adam P. EbbinÂ Â (D) – Senate District 30