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State lawmakers look to 'ban the box'

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla-- Major changes are coming to the hiring process for federal workers.

Monday President Obama directed federal agencies to "ban the box" on job applications.

It basically removes the box on a job application that asks if you have ever been convicted or pleaded guilty of a crime.  Removing this question from a job application makes it so employers can’t screen someone based on his or her criminal history until later on in the hiring process.

This change is coming for anyone applying to work for the federal government. However,  two Palm Beach County state legislators are supporting this concept at the state level.

State Sen. Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth and Rep. Bobby Powell Jr. of West Palm Beach have introduced similar bills in the Florida Legislature and are trying to get this passed.

If it does pass, it would change the screening process for ex-offenders applying for jobs with a state, county or municipal organization.

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