Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Senate has approved a proposal that would bar employers from asking about a person's criminal history on job applications.
The bill, dubbed "Ban the Box" by its supporters, passed with a 44 to 16 vote.
The measure will subject private employers to the same rules now applied in the public sector.
Democratic Sen. Bobby Jo Champion of Minneapolis says he wants to prevent applications from being automatically discarded when the criminal history box is checked, regardless of how long ago the offense was, or if it would disqualify a person from the position.
The bill carries a possible $500 fine if employers repeatedly violate the proposed law.
An employer could ask about criminal pasts or conduct a background check when selecting people for interviews or extending a job offer.
The bill still has to go through the House.
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