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Va. State Job Applications Won't Ask About Criminal History

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Applications for state jobs in the executive branch no longer will include questions regarding a person's criminal history.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order removing criminal history questions from the applications on Friday during a news conference at Goodwill Industries in Richmond.

McAuliffe says in a news release that the order will eliminate unnecessary obstacles for Virginians who deserve a second chance.

The order applies to all agencies, boards and commissions within the executive branch of government that are subject to the governor's authority.

Under the order, employment decisions won't be based on an applicant's criminal history unless it's specifically related to the job for which they are being considered.

An initial disclosure of criminal history information still will be required for positions identified as sensitive.

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