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.
The package is House Bills 6110-6114.