TRENTON - State legislators are considering a bill that would mostly bar employers from requiring credit checks before hiring someone.

The proposed measure would bar such checks, unless the employer is legally required to do one or if it's needed due to the position being sought. They also could be done if an employer reasonably believes a prospective employee has engaged in an improper activity that's financial in nature.

If the bill becomes law, violators could face steep fines.

The bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, says those who have been unemployed a long time could lose out because their credit has suffered.

The bill was released by the Assembly Labor Committee on Oct. 14.

AP wire services contributed to this report.