A Good Legislative Idea

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.

Update 10/14/13:

It passed! Thank you Assemblyman Dickerson and Governor Jerry Brown