Florida Senate - 2019 SB 394 By Senator Farmer 34-00717-19 2019394__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to criminal history records in 3 applications; creating s. 760.105, F.S.; prohibiting a 4 public employer from inquiring into or considering an 5 applicant’s criminal history on an initial employment 6 application unless required to do so by law; creating 7 s. 1007.36, F.S.; prohibiting public postsecondary 8 educational institutions from inquiring into or 9 considering the criminal history of an applicant 10 seeking admission; providing an effective date. 11 12 WHEREAS, reducing barriers to public employment and 13 postsecondary education for people who have a criminal history, 14 reducing the unemployment rate, and increasing access to public 15 postsecondary education are issues of statewide concern, and 16 WHEREAS, prohibiting a public employer or public 17 postsecondary educational institution from inquiring into or 18 considering an applicant’s criminal history on an initial 19 employment application or an admissions application increases 20 employment and educational opportunities for those who have a 21 criminal history, thereby reducing the rate of recidivism, 22 improving economic stability, and increasing access to public 23 postsecondary education, NOW, THEREFORE, 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. Section 760.105, Florida Statutes, is created to 28 read: 29 760.105 Unlawful employment screening.—Unless otherwise 30 required by law, a public employer, as defined in s. 440.102, 31 may not inquire into or consider an applicant’s criminal history 32 on an initial employment application. A public employer may 33 inquire into or consider an applicant’s criminal history only 34 after the applicant’s qualifications have been screened and the 35 employer has determined that the applicant meets the minimum 36 employment requirements specified for a given position. 37 Section 2. Section 1007.36, Florida Statutes, is created to 38 read: 39 1007.36 Unlawful admissions inquiries.—A public 40 postsecondary educational institution may not inquire into or 41 consider the criminal history of an applicant seeking admission 42 to the institution. 43 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.