- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - The Hermiston City Council is considering a change to an ordinance issued earlier this month that requires background checks for taxi drivers.

The East Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1DeT2J0 ) that the ordinance was implemented to improve public safety, but the council is considering an amendment after receiving pushback from longtime taxi drivers who have been denied work.

Chantel Robinson of Hermiston Transit Services can’t be approved for a taxi license under the new ordinance due to a theft conviction she received eight years ago. She asked the council Monday to grant licenses to people with minor convictions from years ago.

The council may give the police chief the discretion to grant licenses to people with old convictions. They have put off a decision on the amendment until their July 27 meeting.

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.info

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