Gov. Stitt passes bill eliminating licensing barriers for people with criminal records

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Monday that will make it easier for people with criminal records to become licensed in their chosen field.

Senate Bill (SB) 1691 was signed into law by Stitt on Monday, and aims to make it easier for people with criminal history to get licensed in a field of their choice.

Previously, Oklahoma had poor protections for ex-offenders seeking licenses to work, receiving a C in a recent report by the Institute for Justice (IJ), Barred from Working. But with Stitt’s signature, the grade will raise to an A-, with Oklahoma’s laws now becoming some of the best in the nation.

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