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H.R. 3470 (114th): Fair Chance Act

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To prohibit Federal agencies and Federal contractors from requesting that an applicant for employment disclose criminal history record information before the applicant has received a conditional offer, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Elijah Cummings

Sponsor. Representative for Maryland's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2015
Length: 25 pages
Sep 10, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 10, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


26 Cosponsors (24 Democrats, 2 Republicans)

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S. 2021 (same title)
Ordered Reported — Oct 7, 2015


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Cummings, Scott, 50 House Members Urge President Obama to Make Federal Government Model Employer With Fair Chance Hiring Policies
    — Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019] (Sponsor) on Apr 20, 2016

Isakson Touts Accomplishments on Behalf of Georgians, Veterans
    — Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA, 2005-2019] on Dec 15, 2016

Cummings Urges Maryland Governor Larry Hogan To Leave No Stone Unturned In Review of Barriers to Reentry
    — Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019] (Sponsor) on Dec 21, 2015

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Sep 10, 2015

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H.R. 3470 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3470. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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