The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would make it easier for some Ohioans with criminal records who have been successfully rehabilitated to get professional licenses and increase their chances for getting good jobs in the future. Republican Sen. Bill Seitz says this bill affects a lot of people.
Seitz says the bill will allow former offenders to earn certification that they have been rehabilitated and are suitable for work, either from the state’s corrections department and the court system. And the legislation provides some legal immunity for businesses that hire employees with this designation. The Ohio House also passed an identical bill at the same time. Now that two identical bills have been passed, lawmakers are trying to figure out how to consolidate both so it can be signed into law.