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Thursday, October 27, 2011

 3:17 PM 

School hiring bill adopted

Legislation allowing schools to fire or refuse to hire convicted felons has passed the Senate on a voice vote.

Dems said the bill would prevent felons from getting jobs, noting the state’s high rate of recidivism in the criminal justice system.

“How does this help to get those individuals who re-enter society get connected to jobs?” asked Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee.

Republicans countered that the bill simply allows schools to consider a felony conviction as part of an applicant’s entire record, and that it does not encourage “blacklisting.”

“It is not to say we don’t want to have felons hired in our education facilities,” Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, said of the bill. “The goal is to protect our students and schools.”


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