Fresh Start Act Given First Round Approval

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The Missouri House gave first round approval to a bill that would help ex-offenders get a professional license. Known as the Fresh Start Act, HB 564, sponsored by Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield), would require each state licensing authority to revise its licensing requirements to explicitly list the categories of criminal convictions that would disqualify a person from getting a license. A person could be disqualified if the criminal conviction directly relates to the duties and responsibilities for the licensed occupation. Furthermore, a person with a conviction can petition the licensing authority before he applies to see if his conviction would disqualify him from receiving a certain license.

The MCC supports the bill because it upholds restorative justice principles, whereby the community plays a role in bringing the ex-offender back into society. The bill needs one more vote of support before it goes to the Senate.

March 8, 2019 - 3:15pm

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