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In what may be an early attempt to facilitate Mayor Marion Barry Jr.’s eventual retirement, the D.C. Council is currently considering legislation to prohibit employers from discriminating against ex-cons. The bill would bar employers from refusing to interview or hire applicants whose résumés read like rap sheets. Employees of D.C. public schools—where 10 percent of new hires were recently found to have criminal records—may breathe easier after the bill’s passage, because the law would also prevent employers from firing current staffers because of criminal convictions. The bill would require the District to launch a public-education campaign to encourage businesses to hire former felons; however, the bill would make city counseling and social services available to employers who take the message to heart.