SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that will make it easier with people with criminal convictions or arrest records to apply for jobs.
The ordinance will make it so city businesses do not ask for criminal conviction or arrest records until after meeting potential candidates in person.
According to the ordinance, the city plans to “assure employers that they may still conduct criminal background checks necessary for their specific employment purposes, and sets certain minimum and non-intrusive standards for doing so.”
In 2016, Spokane County switched to “ban the box” for employees. The City of Spokane already practices what they call “Fair Chance Hiring.”
The ordinance passed with a 5-2 vote. Council members Candace Mumm and Mike Fagan voted against the ordinance.