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DEAL BANS THE BOX FOR CONVICTED FELONS ON STATE JOB APPLICATIONS

Randal Savage, 13WMAZ8:03 a.m. EST February 24, 2015

Convicted felons may now apply for state jobs without disclosing their past criminal records.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Monday that “bans the box” on job applications that ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a felony.

Last week, the Macon Bibb County commission enacted a law that bans the box on applications for employment with the local government. Commissioner Al Tillman pushed the law through.

Deal issued the executive order after his criminal justice reform commission recommended that the box be banned.

The City of Atlanta enacted a similar law last year.

Thirteen other states have enacted similar laws.

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