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MAYOR BRONIN ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT ACT (HB 5237)

STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT ACT (HB 5237)
"The Fair Chance Employment Act will help us build stronger, safer communities by promoting second chances for individuals with criminal records. I urge the state Senate to join the state House of Representatives in passing this important measure.” – Mayor Luke Bronin
 
Hartford, Conn. (April 26, 2016) — BACKGROUND: Today, the state House of Representatives passed An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment (HB 5237). Also known as a “ban the box” measure, the bill seeks to prevent employers from requiring individual employees — or prospective employees — to disclose any criminal history until the employer has made a conditional offer of employment to such employee or prospective employee.
 
In response, Mayor Luke Bronin made the following statement:
 
“Today's overwhelming vote for the Fair Chance Employment Act in the House of Representatives sends a strong message during National Reentry Week. This bill recognizes that past mistakes, particularly those mistakes made during youth, should not be a permanent barrier to employment. The Fair Chance Employment Act will help us build stronger, safer communities by promoting second chances for individuals with criminal records. I urge the state Senate to join the state House of Representatives in passing this important measure.”

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