Legislators looking to ease employment restrictions on felons

Feb 6, 2018

Convicted felons are not allowed to work in jobs selling alcohol or lottery tickets in Missouri.

State lawmakers from both the House and Senate are proposing legislation, in a bipartisan effort, to remove that barrier to employment.

Jennifer Bukowsky, a criminal defense attorney in Columbia, brought the issue to Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, and Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia. Bukowsky said she’s seen the current law create large barriers for her clients trying to re-enter society and support themselves and their families.

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