DeStefano Opposes Majority Bill That Aids Criminals in the Workplace

Assemblyman Joe DeStefano (R,C,I,Ref-Medford) voiced his disapproval for Assembly Bill 3972, a majority bill that would prevent employers from performing background checks on prospective employees. The bill would require employers to make a conditional offer of employment before looking into an individual’s criminal history. An employer would not be able to withdraw their offer unless the conviction directly relates to the specific position offered, and puts individuals or the general public at risk. Today, the State Assembly Corrections Committee voted to bring Assembly Bill 3972 to the floor for a vote.

“The Majority’s priorities are outright insulting to our middle class. Our primary focus should be providing tax relief and reducing burdensome regulations on our small businesses and instead the Assembly Majority continues to find more ways to aid criminals,” said DeStefano. “It’s time to put an end to pro-criminal legislation. I urge my fellow colleagues to vote no when it comes to the floor.”

This year, state Majority politicians passed legislation to increase prisoner’s wages, and legislation that allows felons to serve on juries. Last week, following the release of Judith Clark, a domestic terrorist and cop killer, Majority politicians introduced a bill that would evaluate inmates over the age of 55 for possible parole release if they have served at least 15 years in prison, regardless of completing their minimum sentence.