CORI reform on back burner but simmering.Byline: Clive McFarlane
COLUMN: CLIVE MCFARLANE
Going into municipal elections last year, city councilors were nearly unanimous in their support of local residents clamoring clam·or
1. A loud outcry; a hubbub.
2. A vehement expression of discontent or protest: a clamor in the press for pollution control.
3. A loud sustained noise. for reform of the Criminal Offender Record Information system.
Indeed, during a City Council meeting in October 2007, members embraced a petition by Bill Coleman William Johnson Coleman (born August 4, 1904 in Paris, Kentucky; died August 24, 1981 in Toulouse) was a jazz trumpeter from the swing era.
He had his musical debut in 1927. asking the city to adopt a CORI reform ordinance A law, statute, or regulation enacted by a Municipal Corporation.
An ordinance is a law passed by a municipal government. A municipality, such as a city, town, village, or borough, is a political subdivision of a state within which a municipal corporation has been similar to one passed in Boston.
The Boston ordinance lessens the impact of CORI because it requires the city to do business only with vendors that follow the city's CORI-related policies, practices and standards. Among other policies, Boston does not make a CORI check unless it is required by law or by the sensitivity of the position. The city determines whether an applicant is qualified for the job before a CORI check is conducted and notifies an applicant if the CORI check adversely affects his or her chances of getting the job. The applicant is given a copy of the CORI report and the opportunity to rebut To defeat, dispute, or remove the effect of the other side's facts or arguments in a particular case or controversy.
When a defendant in a lawsuit proves that the plaintiff's allegations are not true, the defendant has thereby rebutted them.
TO REBUT. its accuracy or relevance.
The city makes final employment-related decisions based on all available information: the seriousness of the crime, the relevance of the crime, the number of crimes, the age of the crime and the occurrences in the life of the applicant since the crime.
At the 2007 meeting in Worcester, Joe Petty, then chairman of the council's public safety subcommittee, directed the city manager to report back in two weeks with an overview of the Boston CORI ordinance and to submit a Worcester ordinance the City Council could vote on.
"I would pass it tonight, but I don't have it in front of me," Mr. Petty said at the time.
He was not the only councilor coun·cil·or also coun·cil·lor
A member of a council, as one convened to advise a governor. See Usage Note at council.
coun singing CORI reform praises that night.
"This is essential reform that needs to be acted on as quickly as possible. Thousands and thousands of people are being stigmatized by these antiquated CORI checks," Councilor Phil Palmieri said.
"People have a bump in the road and it is being held against them forever and a day," Councilor Rick Rushton said.
"People are just asking for a shot to be seen as a total package. Just take people's stories into account, give them a shot of explaining why they would be a good employee."
Councilor Gary Rosen pointed out that most of his colleagues had supported CORI reform during a campaign stop at the People in Peril The designated contingency, risk, or hazard against which an insured seeks to protect himself or herself when purchasing a policy of insurance.
Among the various types of perils for which insurance coverage is available are fire, theft, illness, and death.
PERIL. shelter a week earlier.
"We have all pledged that we would support CORI reform, that we would help our citizens who have paid their debt, but who have continued to be unnecessarily and unjustly punished," he said.
Well, a year has passed and there has been no city manager's report on CORI reform, no public safety committee hearing on the matter and no CORI ordinance. What happened?
Mr. Coleman said he fears city councilors are backing away from their pre-election stance on CORI reform.
"There are people who believe a CORI reform ordinance will have negative impact on the city, and they have the ears of city councilors," he said.
Councilor Barbara Haller, who is chairman of the council's public safety subcommittee, said that is not so.
Although there has not been a hearing on the issue, she said city officials are tweaking tweaking Vox populi Fine-tuning to produce optimal results the document local activists had drawn up and which was based heavily on the Boston ordinance.
So far, activists have cut all Boston references from the proposed Worcester ordinance. They have, instead, agreed to follow Worcester's hiring policies, which make CORI checks the last issue taken up in the hiring process, Ms. Haller said. Under that policy, if a finalist for a position is disqualified dis·qual·i·fy
tr.v. dis·qual·i·fied, dis·qual·i·fy·ing, dis·qual·i·fies
a. To render unqualified or unfit.
b. To declare unqualified or ineligible.
2. because of CORI checks, the city will sit down with the applicant to explain the decision and give the person a chance to tell his or her side of the story.
The sticking point sticking point
A point, issue, or situation that causes or is likely to cause an impasse.
Noun 1. sticking point - a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal , according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Ms. Haller, is that activists are pushing to extend the policy to the private vendors doing business in the city.
"Right now it is in the hands of the city manager," Ms. Haller said. "This is not going away. We will have to deal with it now, or it will drag on Verb 1. drag on - last unnecessarily long
last, endure - persist for a specified period of time; "The bad weather lasted for three days"
2. and on."
Well, at least until the next municipal election.