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'Ban the Box' Would End Criminal History on Job Applications

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A push to get the felony question off of job applications in Michigan has begun.

On Thursday, state lawmakers announced a bill in the House that would prevent employers from asking if someone has been convicted of a felony on an application form.

Some lawmakers believe the legislation would give convicted felons an opportunity to turn their lives around and become productive members of society. Some say the simple presence of the question is fundamentally wrong.

"It's absolutely a form of discrimination, yes. To me it's a civil rights issue," said Representative Fred Durhal.

The bill, however, does not keep employers from asking the question during an interview or performing a background check.

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