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AFP-PA Backs Reform to Remove Employment Barriers for Returning Citizens

May 22, 2019 by AFP

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (AFP-PA) and a broad coalition of groups including the Greater Harrisburg NAACP, the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, the Justice Action Network, Commonwealth Foundation, and Community Legal Services on Wednesday announced support for Senate Bill 637, bipartisan legislation that would remove barriers to employment for returning citizens.

SB 637 would reform occupational licensing laws to limit work restrictions on Pennsylvanians with criminal records to instances where the crime directly relates to the occupation in question, thereby protecting public safety while also helping returning citizens get a job and realize their full potential.


AFP-PA State Director Ashley Klingensmith issued the following statement:

“Our current occupational licensing laws create unnecessary barriers to employment and entrepreneurship for people with criminal records who have paid their debts to society and are eager to pursue a life of fulfillment. We ask people to do something with their lives once they’re released from prison, but we make it so difficult for them to do so. We urge lawmakers to build on the momentum of last year’s Clean Slate bill and help open doors to opportunity for more folks across Pennsylvania by passing this crucial reform.”


For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at or 703.887.7724 

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