The General Assembly has passed three bills by nearly unanimous margins that will seek to give some former convicts a second change after they have served their time in licensed professions.

House Bill 124 would amend the licensing bills for a HVAC and Plumbing License so that fewer applicants with criminal records are excluded from applying for and obtaining licenses. House Bill 7 does the same thing for the licensed profession of Massage and Bodywork License. Senate Bill 43 does the same for the licensure of Electricians.

All three bills gives the licensing boards for each profession the the Board discretion to grant waivers for felony convictions for crimes committed against a person where more than 3 years have elapsed, and more than 2 years have elapsed for other felonies. The Board is precluded from considering a conviction where more than 10 years have elapsed since the date of conviction.

House Bill 7

WHERE IS THE BILL NOW? Passed House 39-0-2 and Senate 19-1-1. Sent to Governor.

DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Minor-Brown, Walsh, Osienski, Longhurst, Poore, Townsend, K.Johnson, Kowalko, Mitchell

REPUBLICAN SPONSORS – Delcollo

YES VOTES – HOUSE — Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Briggs-King Bush Carson Chukwuocha Collins Cooke D.Short Dorsey-Walker Dukes Gray Griffith Hensley Jaques K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Longhurst Lynn Matthews Mi.Smith Minor-Brown Mitchell Morris Osienski Postles Q.Johnson Schwartzkopf Seigfried Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Viola Yearick ||| SENATE — Brown Cloutier Delcollo Ennis Hansen Hocker Lawson Lockman Lopez McBride McDowell Paradee Poore Richardson Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Wilson

NO VOTES – HOUSE — ||| SENATE — Bonini

ABSENT – Ramone Heffernan Pettyjohn


House Bill 124

WHERE IS THE BILL? Passed House 38-1-1 and the Senate 21-0. Sent to the Governor

DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Osienski, Walsh, Minor-Brown, Longhurst, Dorsey Walker, Chukwuocha, Hansen, Lockman, Paradee, Townsend, Baumbach, Cooker, Heffernan, Kowalko, Lynn, Viola,

REPUBLICAN SPONSORS – Delcollo, Yearick

YES VOTES – HOUSE — Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke D.Short Dorsey Walker Dukes Gray Griffith Hensley Jaques K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Longhurst Lynn Matthews Michael Smith Minor-Brown Mitchell Morris Osienski Postles Q.Johnson Ramone Schwartzkopf Seigfried Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Viola Yearick||| SENATE — Bonini Brown Cloutier Delcollo Ennis Hansen Hocker Lawson Lockman Lopez McBride McDowell Paradee Pettyjohn Poore Richardson Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Wilson

NO VOTES – HOUSE — Collins ||| SENATE —

ABSENT – Briggs King Heffernan


Senate 43

WHERE IS THE BILL NOW? Passed Senate 20-0-1 and the House 41-0. Sent to the Governor.

DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Walsh, Osienski, McBride, Minor-Brown, Longhurst, Dorsey Walker, Cooke, Brown, Hansen, Townsend, Baumbach, Brady, Chukwuocha, Heffernan, Jaques, K.Johnson, Kowalko, Lynn

REPUBLICAN SPONSORS – Delcollo, Yearick

YES VOTES – SENATE – Brown, Cloutier, Delcollo, Ennis, Hansen, Hocker, Lawson, Lockman, Lopez, McBride, McDowell, Paradee, Pettyjohn, Poore, Richardson, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Walsh, Wilson  ||| HOUSE – Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Briggs King Bush Carson Chukwuocha Collins Cooke D.Short Dorsey Walker Dukes Gray Griffith Heffernan Hensley Jaques K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Longhurst Lynn Matthews Michael Smith Minor-Brown Mitchell Morris Osienski Postles Q.Johnson Ramone Schwartzkopf Seigfried Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Viola Yearick

NO VOTES – SENATE –  ||| HOUSE – 

ABSENT – Bonini

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