March 13, 2014. WDRB.COM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Metro Council members unanimously passed the “Ban the Box” bill after almost two hours of debate Thursday night.
The bill would keep the city’s vendors from asking job seekers on their applications if they have been convicted of a crime.
Earlier Thursday, council members and supporters expected the bill to pass easily.
They saw it as a way to help more people get a job beyond what is often a quick “no” decision by potential employers.
The bill passed unanimously, 26 to 0.
It does not keep a city vendor from “asking” an applicant about a criminal record — or from denying a job because of one.
Groups such as Jobs with Justice and CLOUT have lobbied for the bill since last fall.
Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted Thursday evening that he would sign the bill