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By Taylor McAvoy
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

'Ban the Box' bill advances

 

February 21, 2018



A bill prohibiting the criminal history question on job applications passed the Washington state House of Representatives with a 52-46 vote.

HB 1298 was passed with votes along party lines on Feb. 7 with Republicans largely against it.

“I speak to you today with great gravity and heaviness of heart,” Kitsap County citizen Deighton Boyce said as he began his emotional testimony to lawmakers during the bill’s first hearing last year.

He told a story about growing up in poverty, being exposed to violence at a young age, and following in his father’s footsteps as a drug dealer. Since then he has shed his past and is raising a son with his wife. Both of them volunteer for social wor...



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