TRENTON - A bill under consideration in the state Assembly would ban the use of criminal history in job applications.

Republican lawmakers say Democrats are avoiding important issues ahead of the end of the legislative session.

On Monday, Republican leadership in the state Assembly accused Democrats of pulling a bait and switch on voters in November.

They say focusing on climate change, sick leave for employees, and making it illegal to conduct certain criminal background checks during a job interview aren't what voters want.

"This bill not only says they can't ask you about your criminal history, in many circumstances they can't use your criminal history in these circumstances against you," says Assemblyman John Bramnick.

Under the bill, employers who violate the law would be fined up to $7,500.