Make it easier for returning citizens to earn occupational licenses [Tampa Bay Times]

Make it easier for returning citizens to earn occupational licenses [Tampa Bay Times]

Floridians with past criminal convictions experience significant barriers when entering the workforce. For those pursuing an occupational license, these challenges are more pronounced.

And while lawmakers rightly sought to reduce licensing requirements for nearly 100 occupations this legislative session via House Bill 707, there is no language regarding a pathway for returning citizens to procure occupational licenses.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition organized an advocacy day last month, attended by more than 600 returning citizens — people with past felony convictions — urging Florida lawmakers to break down barriers to employment for people with past felony convictions.

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