Alderman wants to 'ban the box' about criminal history from all job applications in St. Louis

by Sara Machi - KSDK

ST. LOUIS — John Collins-Muhammad said he personally knows people who benefitted when St. Louis banned questions about prior criminal history from city job applications.

"I know a bunch of people that have benefited from this," Collins Muhammad, Ward 21 Alderman said. "I want to see everybody benefit from this."

He is now proposing to "ban the box," prohibiting all employers from using the questions on initial job applications.

"So many times we see it, when you mark that box, that's it for you, go try somewhere else," he said.

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Mayors, Police Chiefs Send Letter to Senate Leaders Urging Background Check Legislation

by U.S. Conference of Mayors - PRNewswire

Today, on behalf of the nation's mayors and the police chiefs of major cities across America, the Presidents of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Major Cities Chiefs Association sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling on them to consider needed legislation that would establish a stronger system of background checks covering all firearms purchases.

"Our communities cannot afford to wait any longer for the federal government to address the epidemic of gun violence. We know that bipartisan, sensible gun safety legislation will make our cities safer without compromising gun owners' rights. That is why we are calling upon Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer to consider legislation that would ensure all firearms purchases go through our background check system," said U.S. Conference of Mayors President Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills (MI).

Read more: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mayors-police-chiefs-send-letter-to-senate-leaders-urging-background-check-legislation-300946295.html