Kentucky Lawmakers Discuss Ways Ease Ex-Convicts' Transition Back to Work Life

Jun 13, 2014

Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, (right) co-chair of the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary, makes a presentation with Kentucky Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown.
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In Frankfort, the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations is giving another look at legislation that would make it easier for those with a prior conviction to receive a professional license. 

Hopkinsville Rep. John Tilley says a license should only be denied if there is a “clear connection” between the crime committed and the license sought.  The proposed legislation also makes it necessary for an applicant to be notified in advance if they will be disqualified because of a past crime. They would then receive a hearing, and would be able to appeal the administrative board’s ruling, if necessary.

Senator John Schickel of Union County, expressed concern about the bill and how it might affect an employer’s “right to know”.