Occupational Licensing Modifications
This bill allows those with criminal histories to petition the Department of Licensing to find out if their criminal past will preclude them from gaining licensure in certain professions. The Department of Licensing can then let them know what steps can be taken to acquire a license if their criminal history does preclude them. It also increases the standard that the Department must apply when restricting licensure due to a criminal history. Disqualification due to a criminal history should be directly tied to the profession in which a license is being sought, rather than a blanket ban. Allowing those with criminal histories to more easily find gainful employment helps reduce recidivism rates as well as intergenerational poverty, and it should be the position of our government to remove unnecessary barriers to that happening.