I got this message from my Assemblyman Roger Dickinson. I am happy to see someone with a heart and who understands grace working for the people.
I wrote a message to Governor Brown in support of this effort here because everyone deserves to make a living.
AB 218 – Increasing Fairness in Government Hiring and Reducing Recidivism
AB 218 would prohibit requesting criminal background information on the initial employment application for local and state government employees, with the goal of reducing unnecessary barriers to employment for the one in four adult Californians who have an arrest or conviction record.
Studies have shown that stable employment significantly lowers recidivism and promotes public safety. Not only will employing people with a conviction history increase public safety in our communities, but it is cost-effective. Reducing the prison population and increasing tax revenue from newly-employed individuals will help to fuel a strong economic recovery.
AB 218 would remove any inquiry into a conviction history on an initial job application and delay any background check until the employer has determined that the applicant’s qualifications meet the job requirements. An employer would still be permitted to ask about criminal history after the initial job application. With this bill, the state and our cities and counties will take an important step toward allowing people with a conviction history to compete fairly for employment without compromising safety and security on the job. This policy will open doors for qualified workers who have turned their lives around.
It passed! Thank you Assemblyman Dickerson and Governor Jerry Brown