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New Law Described as ‘Game Changer’ for Felons Seeking Work

A Missouri House bill aimed to help felons gain employment is being called a “game changer.”

The legislation eliminated a prohibition against felons working in places that sell lottery tickets.  The law also lifted the requirement for businesses that sell alcohol to report to the state when a felon is hired.

The new law took effect on August 28th.

Dan Hanneken, Executive Director of In2Action says the main reason people return to prison is the inability to find employment.  The legislation, which was viewed as helping fight recidivism and unemployment, was widely supported.  The House vote was 148 to 1 for its passage.

The bill also had broad support from Empower Missouri, and the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association.

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