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2019 House Bill 4488: Limit using criminal background to bar occupational licensure
Introduced by Rep. Brandt Iden (R) on April 23, 2019
To limit the use of criminal records to determine whether an individual is eligible to get an occupational license mandated by the state, which is required to earn a living in many professions. Specifically, a licensing board or agency could not consider past civil judgments or lawsuits against an individual as evidence of a “lack of good moral character;” and also could not consider a criminal conviction, in and of itself, as conclusive evidence of this, unless the individual was convicted of a felony that is explicitly listed in statute as a disqualifying offense for the particular license, or the offense was directly related to the licensed profession. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 4488 to 4493.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on April 23, 2019
Reported in the House on May 19, 2020
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on May 19, 2020
Reported in the House on September 3, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To limit the use of criminal records to determine whether an individual is eligible to get an occupational license mandated by the state, which is required to earn a living in many professions. Specifically, with some exceptions a licensing board or agency could not consider past civil judgments or lawsuits against an individual as evidence of a “lack of good moral character,” and also could not consider a criminal conviction, in and of itself, as conclusive evidence of this. This would not apply if the individual was convicted of a felony that is explicitly listed in statute as a disqualifying offense for the particular license, or the offense was directly related to the licensed profession. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 4488 to 4493.
Received in the Senate on September 15, 2020
Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on September 15, 2020
Reported in the Senate on October 1, 2020
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

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