‘Ban the Box,’ the name of a measure that would prohibit most public agencies in Delaware from requiring job applicants to disclose their criminal history during the early steps of the hiring process passed the Delaware Senate. Gov. Jack Markell mentioned the effort, which passed 15-5, during his State of the State speech earlier this year. Under the legislation, employers could only ask a job candidate about their criminal background once the first interview was completed. Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, said the legislation is a step in the right direction to assist those with a criminal charge who are trying to get back on their feet.