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'Ban The Box' Bill Signed Into Law

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - Gov. Jared Polis stopped by the Second Chance Center in Aurora on Tuesday to sign a bill which will give former inmates a second chance. The so-called Ban The Box bill will change the way they apply for jobs.

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The box previously asked applicants if they have any criminal history. Sponsors of the bill say it gives people a chance to talk to an employer, instead of just getting automatically rejected for a job.

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"This is really common sense. If we want people to create a better future for themselves, we got to give them the tools they need to pull themselves up," said Rep. Jovan Melton, (D) Arapahoe County.

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Supporters have been trying to get the "Ban the Box" bill passed for more than five years.

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