I’ll post links to what I regard as examples of government doing unwise/immoral/bad things here. I may comment or not. Others are welcome to post their own examples as well.
This is bad.
Landlords should be able to seek information about a prospective tenant’s prior criminal history without being burdened by government regulations. It’s a reasonable thing to want to know about. Preventing landlords from asking about such issues when they judge such issues to be relevant is ultimately a violation of the landlords’ property rights. It forces the landlords to use their property in such a way (such as renting to tenants who they might not otherwise rent to) due to a government-created restraint on reasonable requests for information.
The law will also serve to drive more housing off the rental market as people decide they don’t want the risk of dealing with a potential criminal renter. This is particularly true of people in the situation of wanting to rent out part of their home as an apartment, since the presence of a criminal in their home represents a potential immediate physical threat and not merely a potential financial loss. So while the intent may be “to make housing more equitable for people of color” as the article claims, the actual result will be to make housing scarcer than before.