Utah Bill Would Help Those with a Criminal Conviction Obtain a Professional License
Date:  03-18-2020

Bill would make it harder for Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to refuse to issue or renew license simply based on a prior conviction
From Daily Herald:

A bill that would make it easier for convicted criminals in Utah to receive a professional license after getting out of jail or prison passed unanimously through the state Senate on Wednesday.

The sponsor of Senate Bill 201, Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, said on Wednesday that the legislation could be thought of as a “Scarlet Letter” bill that’s aimed at helping nonviolent offenders transition back into society after being arrested.

The Lehi senator said it is common for a prison inmate to receive training for a professional trade, such as to be a plumber or electrician, only to be released and find that their criminal record prevents them from being licensed. Continue reading here.