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Arizona Bill Would Loosen Some Hiring Restrictions For Workers With Criminal Records

Criminal records have long disqualified Arizona residents from obtaining an occupational license or working for the state of Arizona. House Bill 2660, which is passing through the Legislature, would loosen those restrictions.

The bill would not allow employers or licensing boards to automatically disqualify people with a felony or misdemeanor charge, if the conviction was more than seven years ago.

HB2660 is sponsored by Rep. John Allen, who says he wants to help people rehabilitate their lives and find employment. He said the bill is “trying to get people back into the population.”

The bill would still allow agencies to disqualify applicants if they committed an offense directly related to the area of work or was especially severe.

The bill passed the Arizona House and Senate committees and is going to the Arizona Senate floor next.

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An author, creative storyteller and now a radio journalist — that's Mythili Gubbi. She is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, emphasizing on broadcast journalism with a minor in political science and a certificate in international studies. Her goal is to pursue a life in television or radio that truly makes an impact.She was born in Arizona and then moved to India, so her childhood was spent equally split on two continents. Her love for storytelling and passion for Indian culture led her to co-produce and co-host an Indian music and culture show on ASU's student station, Blaze Radio.She also published a young-adult fiction novel called "Kiara's Tiara" when she was in high school and hopes to continue to write books.When she's not telling stories, she's usually watching them in Bollywood movies or planning her next travel adventure.