Bill Would Let Employers Fire Sex Offenders

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It's a bill sure to bring up debate this week.

Convicts could have a tougher time getting work under a bill before state lawmakers.

The Assembly is set to consider a Republican bill tomorrow that would let employers legally fire and refuse to hire sexual and violent offenders.

It wouldn't matter whether their convictions has any bearing on the work they do.

That would be a big change from Wisconsin's current employment law, which says business owners can't turn away convicted criminals unless their offense relates substantially to the job.

Opponents say the current law works just fine and the bill would make life even tougher for people who have done their time.

Supporters say employers shouldn't have to hire people with a checkered past.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says if the proposal becomes law it likely would be the first of its kind in the country.

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