West Virginia’s forthcoming Ban the Box law is no more after House of Delegate Republicans voted to kill a bill that would have prohibited public employers from inquiring about applicant conviction history, absent a written waiver. Previously, the West Virginia House of Delegates Committee on the Judiciary passed House Bill 4905, sponsored by Delegate Sammi Brown. However, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, West Virginia House of Delegates Rules Committee Republicans voted to remove the Ban the Box bill from the agenda.
“There were some members of their caucus that were not in favor of the concept,” said Delegate Mick Bates, Republican.
It is unclear whether West Virginia Democrats will attempt to revive Ban the Box.