OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL FLIES THROUGH PENNSYLVANIA SENATE COMMITTEE

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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 …

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. …

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 …