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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 12:02 PM 

Nass: Senate will take up Assembly version of civil service bill with ban-the-box provision

Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, said he is dropping an effort to remove a ban-the-box provision from the civil service bill on today’s Senate calendar because any changes to what passed the Assembly would kill the legislation this session.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, co-author of the civil service bill, has been adamant that he wants to keep the provision, which would prohibit an administration from asking a job applicant during the initial screening if they have a criminal background.

Nass wants to strip that provision from the bill. But he said the message he received is the Assembly will not take up any changes to the legislation it already passed. 

“If I put amendments on the bill, everything is dead,” Nass said. “The assembly is not going to take that up. They’re very adamant about that.”

Steineke, R-Kaukauna, did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone. 

Both versions of the civil service bill are on today’s Senate calendar, including the one that cleared Nass’ committee. That version would still allow administrations to ask applicants about their criminal history up front. 

Nass said he will likely vote for the Assembly version when it comes up on the floor today because he supports most other provisions in the bill. Still, he continued to rail against the ban-the-box provision.

“The day is going to come, sooner rather than later, where there’s a mother calling a legislator saying, ‘There’s a rapist working right next to my daughter. What are you going to do about it?’, and all they’re going to say is, ‘Well, we got rid of the box,’” Nass said.


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