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Michigan House okays bills allowing occupational licenses to people with criminal records but 'good moral character'

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Posted at 6:22 AM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 06:22:05-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan House has unanimously approved bills designed to lift restrictions that prevent people with a criminal record from obtaining occupational licenses.

The bipartisan legislation, which was sent Thursday to the Senate for future debate, involves the consideration of an applicant’s “good moral character” in the licensing process.

The measures would prohibit the consideration of a conviction unless it is a felony and regulators also determine the specific offense is grounds for denial.

The tighter requirements would not apply when licensing child care providers, lawyers, law enforcement officers, and workers in nursing homes.