BIPARTISAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM CONTINUES TO SURGE IN PENNSYLVANIA

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Historic Second Chance Bill Introduced by Bipartisan Lawmakers; Emphasis is on Expanding Employment Opportunities Senate Bill 637 and House Bill 1477 Reform Occupational Licensing Laws to Get Pennsylvanians With Criminal Records Back to Work (Harrisburg, PA) – Today at a joint press conference, a group of bipartisan lawmakers announced the introduction of occupational licensing reform legislation aimed at reducing recidivism and breaking down barriers to employment for Pennsylvanians with criminal records. Senators John DiSanto (R-15) and Judy Schwank (D-11) introduced Senate Bill 637, and Representatives Sheryl Delozier (R-88) and Jordan Harris (D-186) introduced House Bill 1477. Both bills contain the following reforms: Prohibit state boards, commissions, or departments from denying or revoking an occupational …

AS OHIO SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARS TESTIMONY ON “NEXT STEP ACT,” JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK RELEASES NEW POLL SHOWING OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM PACKAGE

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press

Senate Bill 3, Sponsored by Sens. Eklund (R-18) & O’Brien (D-32), Includes Sentencing Reforms, Record Sealing & Expungement Fixes (Columbus, Ohio) – Today, as the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 3, Ohio’s most significant bipartisan sentencing reform package in years, the Justice Action Network released poll results that show Ohio voters overwhelmingly support major criminal justice reforms, with 87% of respondents supporting sentencing reforms. Titled “Next Step Ohio,” a nod to the “First Step Act,” federal prison and sentencing reform legislation signed into law by President Trump late last year, Ohio’s Senate Bill 3 reduces penalties for some low-level, non-violent offenses, particularly drug possession offenses. Under …

HISTORIC OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BILL CLEARS BOTH CHAMBERS

Syrita Bowen News, Oklahoma, Press, Uncategorized

House Bill 1373 Significantly Expands Employment, Second Chance Opportunities for those With Criminal Records; Heads to Governor Kevin Stitt for Signature (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) – Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives approved House Bill 1373, landmark legislation that significantly expands occupational licensing opportunities for those with unrelated criminal records. The bill was approved with a 90-2 vote in the House after a unanimous 42-0 vote in the Senate. It now heads to Governor Kevin Stitt for his signature. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Zack Taylor (R-District 28) and Senator Julie Daniels (R-District 29), and endorsed by Governor Stitt, will open new doors to employment for those with criminal records by requiring state entities …

GOV. HUTCHINSON SIGNS LANDMARK CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM BILL INTO LAW

Syrita Bowen Arkansas, News, Press

Legislation Strengthens and Protects Property Rights & Due Process with Conviction Requirement  (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) – Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, applauded Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson for signing the Senate Bill 308, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2019, into law. Senate Bill 308 instates stronger due process protections for Arkansans by requiring a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited by the state. The legislation received overwhelming bipartisan support, passing unanimously in both chambers. The Civil Asset Forfeiture Act of 2019 was championed by  Senate Majority Leader Bart Hester (R-1) and Representative Austin McCollum (R-95), …

HISTORIC CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE BILL CLEARS BOTH CHAMBERS

Syrita Bowen Arkansas, News, Press

Senate Bill 308 Strengthens and Protects Property Rights, Due Process; Flies Through Arkansas House with Unanimous Vote  Legislation Heads to Governor Hutchinson for His Signature  (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) – Today, the Arkansas House of Representatives approved the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2019, landmark legislation that instates stronger due process protections for innocent property owners. The bill was approved with a unanimous 93-0 vote in the House after a unanimous 38-0 vote in the Senate. The bill was championed by Senate Majority Leader Bart Hester (R-1) and Representative Austin McCollum (R-95). Senate Bill 308 overhauls Arkansas’ forfeiture proceedings by requiring a criminal conviction before an individual can have his or her …