DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado state lawmakers will take up a bill that would ban criminal history questions on job applications this week. Supporters say nearly two million people in Colorado have a criminal record.

Many of them are automatically screened out of jobs if they check the box on an application that asks about criminal history.

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The so-called “Ban The Box” bill still allows employers to run background checks and ask about an applicant’s criminal history in an interview.

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It also includes exemptions for child care facilities, schools and banks.

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“We know those that are formerly incarcerated, if they get jobs three times less likely to recidivate and go back to jail. This is a simple solution to a large problem,” said Rep. Leslie Herod, (D-8th District).

The bill has failed in previous years, but this year the bill has bi-partisan support and business groups are not opposing it.

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