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Lawmakers Reviewing Bill Preventing Job Background Checks


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Democrats are sponsoring a bill that would prohibit state and local government employers from running criminal background checks on potential employees.

Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson is sponsoring AB 348 and testified on the bill Wednesday in the Assembly Government Affairs Committee.

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The bill would allow people to apply for government jobs without revealing their criminal background and prohibit employers from running a background check until the job is offered.

The proposal also sets out certain factors that employers must consider before rescinding a job offer to someone with a criminal history.

Thompson said more than 70 million people in the United States have a criminal record and that the bill would make it easier for formerly incarcerated people to successfully re-enter society.