A proposed bill for the State Legislature is the latest move in a growing controversy surrounding so-called “fair chance” ordinances in Texas.
The bill proposed by State Representative Paul Workman would ban such bills from taking effect in the Lone Star State. Those measures typically include asking about criminal history on a job application,, or completing a background check before an offer of employment is made.
“I think what Representative Workman is doing is mostly attacking local control. I think that’s the essence here” San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saldana told KTSA News.
Saldana led the push for his own “fair chance” measure before City Council.
“To attack local control by attacking a policy that works is nonsensical in my opinion” Saldana said.
Saldana agrees cities shouldn’t push such policies on the private sector–to a point.
“This is common sense that private sector folks have agreed upon. We think we can follow a model that has really taken hold across the country. We have a number of people with records who are qualified, capable… have paid their dues and are ready to enter the workforce” Saldana said.