Legislation introduced by state Sen. Brian Strickland, R-McDonough, would streamline the professional licensing process — especially when it comes to the impact an individual applicant’s criminal history could have on their ability to obtain an occupational license.

According to Strickland, Senate Bill 157 would help put Georgians back into the workforce and allow employers to hire more eligible workers. As written, the bill places a burden of justification for denial on the licensing board, and clarifies the phrase “moral turpitude” – which has been unclear in the past and caused problems for both the applicant and the licensing board. 

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