OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL PASSES UNANIMOUSLY IN SENATE; LEGISLATION POISED FOR HOUSE ACTION

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Bipartisan Vote to Get Pennsylvanians Back to Work; Reduce Recidivism (Harrisburg, PA) — Today, the Pennsylvania State Senate voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 637, a major occupational licensing overhaul championed by Senator John DiSanto (R-15) that will get Pennsylvanians back to work while reducing recidivism. This historic legislation was introduced by a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers, including prime sponsors Senators DiSanto and Senator Judy Schwank (D-11). The bill ends the practice of automatically denying issuance of a license to those with convictions, while ensuring that licensing boards in Pennsylvania focus their inquiries into convictions that are directlyrelated to the underlying occupation after individualized reviews. Representatives Sheryl Delozier (R-88) and Jordan Harris …

OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL FLIES THROUGH PENNSYLVANIA SENATE COMMITTEE

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Unanimous Bipartisan Vote for Bill Aimed at Getting Pennsylvanians Back to Work; Reducing Recidivism (Harrisburg, PA) — The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted unanimously today in favor of Senate Bill 637, a major occupational licensing overhaul that continues Pennsylvania’s national leadership in criminal justice reform. This workforce development legislation, introduced by a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers, including prime sponsors Senators John DiSanto (R-15) and Judy Schwank (D-11), guarantees that convictions will not automatically preclude the issuance of a license, and individuals with criminal histories would have an occupational license withheld only if their convictions are directly related to said occupation after individualized reviews. Yesterday, more than a dozen …

NEW POLL REVEALS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR PROBATION REFORMS AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

93% of Voters Support Breaking Down Barriers to Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Results Show Broad Bipartisan Support for Criminal Justice Legislative Proposals as Major Advocates Host Probation Reform Lobby Day in Harrisburg (Harrisburg, PA) — As legislators return to Harrisburg, a new poll is showing a groundswell of bipartisan support for criminal justice reform legislation, including probation and occupational licensing reform bills in the House and Senate. The new poll, released today by the Justice Action Network reveals that Pennsylvanians across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support measures to “significantly improve” the state’s criminal justice system, with 75% voter support for probation reform and more than 80% support for occupational …

THIRTY MILLION CRIMINAL RECORDS SLATED FOR AUTOMATIC SEALING AS CLEAN SLATE KICKS OFF – GOVERNOR WOLF & BIPARTISAN LAWMAKERS CONTINUE TO LEAD NATION IN SECOND CHANCES

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Half of Pennsylvania Courts’ Criminal Records Database to Be Sealed Thanks to First-In-Nation Clean Slate Act HARRISBURG, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced that Pennsylvania’s courts will begin automatically sealing more than 30 million criminal records – half of their entire database – as a result of the Commonwealth’s first-in-the-nation Clean Slate Act, which becomes effective today. The Governor, elected officials, and criminal justice reform advocates celebrated this historic milestone at a press conference today, as Pennsylvania becomes the first state in the country to use an automated process to seal certain criminal records and offer second chances for individuals with low-level offenses. …

Judges Seek Changes To Drug Sentencing Bill

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press, Uncategorized

–Gongwer News Service Members of the judiciary spoke out Wednesday against a Senate priority bill to overhaul the state’s drug sentencing laws. The measure (SB 3) is too lenient on dangerous drugs like cocaine and opioids, according to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia, who provided interested party testimony on behalf of the Ohio Judicial Conference. Judge Matia also took issue with the proposition that a felony conviction is a barrier to employment. “The reason that some people with felonies cannot find work is that they have an incomplete education, many jobs are too far away from a bus line, they lack the motivation to get up in …