Judiciary committee chairman kills ‘ban the box’ bill

by Jeremy Duda – azmirror.com

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee won’t schedule a hearing for a “ban the box” bill that would restrict employers from asking about job applicants’ criminal histories, dealing a death blow to the proposal.

Rep. John Allen, R-Phoenix, said he doesn’t believe Senate Bill 1437 is constitutional and predicted the courts would strike it down if it were to pass. He questioned what authority the state has to tell private sector employers that they can’t inquire about criminal records.