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Senator’s measure would force state to analyze hiring practices

A measure sponsored by state Sen. Christopher Belt, D-Centreville, that seeks to remove barriers to getting hired by the state of Illinois for minorities and marginalized people passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

“Everybody deserves the same opportunity, no matter the color of their skin,” Belt said. “We need to continue the fight to end systemic racism, and this legislation gives equal opportunity to all candidates who hope to work for the state.”

The measure would require the Illinois Department of Central Management Services to identify policies that make it harder for minorities and marginalized people to get hired by the state of Illinois and to seek legislation to address systemic racism in the state’s hiring practices. Each state agency would also increase diversity on interview panels in order to better employment opportunities for women and minorities. In addition, the legislation encourages CMS and other state agencies to review current personnel policies to remove any and all language that is discriminatory from their books.

“This fight is far from over, but each step we take in the right direction leads us closer to ending systemic racism,” Belt said. “This measure is essential to removing the barriers minorities and marginalized people face during the hiring process to become a state employee.”

House Bill 3914 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a vote of 7-0 and now heads to the Senate floor for further consideration.

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