Friday, September 16, 2011

Wisconsin GOP Legislature Moving Forward To Bar Felons And Misdemeanor Offenders From Working

Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills)

GOP legislators in Wisconsin proposing to allow educational agencies and others to terminate or keep from hiring unpardon felons, including those with misdemeanor offenses.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 16, 2011

Milwaukee - On June 8, the Committee on Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs approved to move forward on the proposed Senate Bill 86 (Assembly Bill 122/AB 122), which would permit an educational agency to refuse to employ or to terminate from employment an unpardoned felon. The bill would also allow for employers to fire staff with a misdemeanor and other minor offenses or reject employment solely on offenses.
State public school districts, charter school, private schools, state prisons, juvenile detention centers and cooperative educational service providers, including special needs agencies funded by the state and county service providers would be affected, according to State Senator Albert Darling (R) and Co-sponsor Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt's (R) SB 86 bill.
On Thursday, the bill drew criticism from Milwaukee County Supervisor Eyon Biddle Sr. From the 10th District. Supervisor Biddle Sr. blasted Senator Darling and Representative Joel Kleefisch for the proposed SB 86 bill that would allow employers to refuse employment or fire an individual who has been convicted of a felony, eventhough they served their time and are not in supervision. "Now they (Republicans) plan to legalize workplace discrimination," Biddle Sr. wrote in a news release. Governor Scott Walker (R) and the Republican controlled Legislature are graduately diminishing humans rights and for citizens to earn a living.
Briddle Sr. stated, he is currently crafting County Board legislation opposing SB 86 discrimination bill and practice by the GOP legislators who are sponsoring the bill.
Senate Bill 86 (AB 122) is sponsored by Senators Darling, Schultz, Galloway, Leibham, Lazich and Wanggaard; co-sponsored by Representatives Thiesfeldt, Petrowski, Kestell, Ziegelbauer, Jacque, Spanbauer, Endsley, A. Ott, Nygren, Bernier, Kerkman, Steineke, Brooks, Mursau, Kleefisch, LeMahieu, Kramer, Nass, Williams, Bies, Tauchen, Stone, Petersen, Pridemore and Vos.

SB 86 bill (PDF) version at following link:

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