BEND, Ind. (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have ensured that employers in the state
can ask job applicants about their criminal histories when they fill out
South Bend Tribune reports that a law that went into effect Saturday
prohibits the state and municipalities from enacting laws and ordinances
that restrict employers from asking job applicants about their criminal
Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg removed criminal history questions from city
government job applications in 2015, but he's been reluctant to dictate
hiring practices of private sector employees.
Buttigieg says the new law is an intrusion on local control and that the
city has worked with many ex-offenders who've made significant
Eric Holcomb also signed an executive order this spring that removes
criminal history questions on initial applications for state jobs.