The legislation would allow local governments to enact similar policies. The bill passed on a 23-16 vote with all Senate Democrats in support.
Senator Dance said, “This is about second chances. Those who have paid their debts to society should be given the opportunity to be a productive member of society. Every Virginian should have the peace of mind of knowing that their application will not be rejected based off of a past mistake. Not only does this initiative expand access to the workforce, it is proven to reduce recidivism rates. It’s all about giving people a chance that they normally would not have if the box continues to be apart of the application — it’s about getting people back to work.”
Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) said, “This bill is important simply because it gives everyone a fair chance at employment. Those people who have paid their debts to society should be given a second chance. Providing every Virginian the chance to work builds our workforce and puts us on a great path towards economic security. The only way to ensure that we build stronger communities is if we have a strong workforce and banning the box is a step in the right direction of achieving that goal.”