Rep. Hoitenga’s bill part of legislative plan to give second chance to convicted felons

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Record won’t be automatic denial of licensing

 

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga has introduced a plan that gives convicted felons who have served their sentences a chance to obtain a professional license from the state.

Hoitenga’s bill is part of a five-bill package that deals with the “good moral character” of past felons applying to the state for a license to work.

“People change, and I believe a licensing board or agency should not automatically deny someone a license for a past felony conviction,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “If a person has been living a life free of crime after paying their debt to society, they deserve a second chance.”

Hoitenga’s plan amends current law to specify when a board or agency can consider a criminal conviction as evidence of a lack of good moral character.

Hoitenga’s bill, along with those of her House colleagues, is now before the House Regulatory Reform Committee for consideration.

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The package is House Bills 6110-6114.