'Ban-the-box' bill sees bipartisan support in Iowa legislature

by Mitchell Schmidt – The Gazette

A bipartisan bill in the Iowa Legislature could ban public employers from seeking past criminal history from job applicants.

House File 472, a “ban the box” bill introduced this week, would prohibit public employers from seeking criminal records or history from applicants, under certain circumstances. In addition, the bill — which does not apply to private employers — would establish a criminal history employment application task force.