- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed an executive order saying state government will remove from its job application form questions about whether the job-seeker has a criminal record.

Shumlin said Tuesday that he supports the “ban-the-box” movement, because the idea is to help applicants get in the door for an interview, rather than being rejected from the outset.

Rep. Helen Head, chairwoman of the House committee that deals with labor issues, says the panel is looking at a bill that would ban the box statewide. She says it isn’t likely to pass this year, but will be on the agenda next year.

Shumlin appeared with 47-year-old Sherry Papineau of Hartford, who said she pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after being victimized by domestic violence, and has had trouble finding work.

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