By a vote of 8-0, the House Special Committee on Criminal Justice passed HB 1468, sponsored by Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville). The bill would allow persons convicted of a crime to work in places that sell liquor and lottery tickets. Rep. Toalson Reisch told the committee there are places, such as service stations and convenience stores, that would be willing to hire ex-offenders if this restriction was lifted.
Supporters of the bill, including the MCC, informed the committee that these entry-level jobs would prevent recidivism and help the person build up job skills. No opposition was voiced in the committee. The bill now goes to the Rules Committee for further debate.
January 31, 2020 - 3:46pm