Bills seek to assist ex-felons seeking jobs

11:42 AM, May 20, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - California lawmakers are considering three bills designed to help ex-convicts get jobs.

One in the Assembly would make it easier for former prisoners to get their criminal records expunged, while another would make California the latest state to remove the felony conviction question box from public-sector job applications.

In the Senate, lawmakers will consider a bill that would make possessing drugs for personal use a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

State Sen. Mark Leno said having a felony conviction is more than just a stigma. He says it's also "a real barrier to success in life."

The California District Attorneys Association opposes the bills, but says it is not opposed to helping felons get jobs and reintegrate into society after their release.

Lawmakers have a June 1 deadline to act.

The Associated Press

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