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CHARLESTON, WV – Americans for Prosperity-West Virginia (AFP-WV) today commended the legislature for passing, HB 118, which reforms occupational license revocation procedures. The bill requires occupational boards to more fairly decide whether to grant someone’s license based on criminal history. The bill now goes to Governor Justice’s desk to be signed into law.
“Too many West Virginians face barriers to employment because of past mistakes that may not have any relevance in an occupation they want to pursue. Occupational licenses should be used to protect the public from harm, rather than used to protect special interests and established business from competition,” said Jason Huffman, AFP-WV State Director.
“We applaud the legislature for giving West Virginians who have paid their debt to society a better chance to find work and reintegrate into society,” Huffman said. “The Governor now has the opportunity to empower more Mountaineers to seek fulfilling opportunities and advance their lives.”