Florida bill would give ex-convicts better shot at employment

(The Center Square) — Ex-offenders in Florida could have an easier time gaining work licenses, permits and other certifications after a new bill passed through committee on Monday.

Senate Bill 1012 is sponsored by state Sen. Alexis Calatayud, R-Miami and would assist ex-offenders in getting a license, permit, or certification for employment. Calatayud stated during the bill’s introduction to the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries that the bill protects individuals who happen to have a criminal history from being “blanket denied” by agencies.

“This is a policy that helps people restart their lives and step into their families in the way that they were meant to be,” Calatayud said.

The bill would provide the circumstances that an agency must first consider before granting a license, permit or certification. This includes whether or not the person poses a significant risk to public safety.

An agency can only deny granting an
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