Florence won't remove criminal background line from job applications

Florence City Council voted 4-2 against an ordinance Monday that says businesses in the City of Florence can't ask about a person's criminal history on a job application.

Robinson introduced the ordinance last April and said it was needed to give second chances.

Employers could inquire about a potential employee's criminal history during the interview process.

Robinson says he was disappointed the ordinance failed, but doesn't plan to give up.

"Now I'm going to have to go to Legislature because this thing is having a tremendous on the future of so many people and it's simply just not fair. The fight can't stop here," Robinson said.

Council questioned if they had the legal authority to even require businesses in the city to change the way they screened potential employees.