Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R) on August 15, 2018
To restrict using criminal records to exclude individuals from getting one of the state licenses that are required to work in many professions. Licensure laws generally require officials and appointed boards to judge whether an individual has “good moral character.” The bill would prohibit these authorities from considering an adverse judgment in a civil action as evidence that a license applicant lacks good moral character, and prohibit considering “an individual’s criminal conviction, in and of itself, as conclusive proof of" a lack of good moral character. Subject to various exceptions authorities could only consider felony violations that have a “direct and specific negative effect” on an individual’s ability to earn a living in a trade. These provisions would not apply if it is determined that “the state's interest in protecting public safety is superior to the individual's right to pursue the occupation or profession”. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on August 15, 2018