"Ban the box" bill set for a vote in Del. House

The state House is set to vote on legislation that prohibits state and local government agencies in Delaware from considering job applicants' criminal histories or credit histories during the initial application process.

Under the legislation to be voted on Tuesday, prospective government workers would no longer have to check a box on a job application asking whether they have a criminal record.

The so-called "ban the box" bill would allow consideration of an applicant's criminal background only after a conditional job offer has been made -- an effort Gov. Markell said he supported in his State of the State.

The bill also allows consideration of felonies only for 10 years from the completion of sentence, and misdemeanors for 5 years.

The bill would not apply to police departments, the court and prison systems and positions that require criminal background checks.

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