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This bill affirms the principle of limited government by allowing landlords to use their own discretion when leasing to an individual and not holding them liable for their private decision on who can use their property. People with criminal records tend to face significant barriers to securing decent-paying jobs and decent housing because employers and landlords tend to be concerned about their own liability in employing or leasing to such individuals. This culture of liability concern leads many people with criminal records with little opportunity for economic and social advancement and consequently leads many back to further encounters with the criminal justice system. Limiting liability for landlords and employers will help allow people to overcome these obstacles. For these reasons we support HB 1510.
The Senate sponsor is Senator Garcia. The Senate cosponsor is Senator Watson.