The legislation, which could impact 300,000 Missouri citizens with a felony record, would not bar an employer from still inquiring about a person’s criminal record. The MCC supported SB 44 because it supports restorative justice principles of helping the ex-offender back into society after he/she has been held accountable for his/her actions.
This week the Senate Committee on Small Business, Insurance, and Industry voted 4-4 on SB 44, which would remove a question about prior criminal convictions on job applications. Known as the “ban the box” legislation, this measure, sponsored by Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis), would have applied to government jobs only. Because the vote was a tie, the bill will not move forward, unless someone reconsiders their vote in favor of the bill.