Kentucky Panel OKs Bill to Make it Easier for Felons to Get Jobs

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentuckians trying to overcome their criminal past could no longer be automatically denied occupational licenses under a bill advanced by the House Judiciary Committee.

The panel’s action Wednesday sends the bill to the House on the last day before lawmakers take an extended break so Gov. Matt Bevin can sign or veto legislation.

A key section would allow people convicted of crimes to pursue occupational licenses without being automatically turned away due to their criminal background.

The committee made a change that applies to people convicted of violent or sex-related crimes. Under the change, those offenders would have to prove there’s no connection between their crime and the duties of the occupation for which they’re seeking a license.

If the bill passes the House, it would return to the Senate.