Bill to Ease Work Place Restrictions on Those Who Have Served in Prison Passes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WKRG) -- The Alabama State Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that removes many of the work restrictions that currently face people who have served the entirety of their prison sentence and paid full restitution.

Senate Bill 163, sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster), received bipartisan support, passing unanimously in the House and the Senate.  

Currently, there are 783 places in Alabama’s laws and regulations where citizens who have committed a crime are indefinitely barred from receiving various occupational and professional licenses.

The legislation allows a person who has served their full sentence and paid all restitution to petition a judge to obtain an order of limited relief. Once the order of limited relief is obtained, an occupational licensing board or commission is prohibited from automatically denying a certification to someone with such an order. The board is required to conduct a fair hearing and consider the merits of the petitioner’s case.

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