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Relating to the consequences of successfully completing a period of deferred adjudication community supervision.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 574 would prevent a dismissal and discharge of an offense for which a person successfully completed deferred adjudication community supervision from being used as grounds for denying housing, employment, or a professional license to an individual who is otherwise qualified. Exceptions are provided for certain circumstances such as if the offense was a sexually violent offense or was related to the duties of the profession for which a license is sought.
We support the provisions of this bill prohibiting successful completion of deferred adjudication community supervision from being used to deny, revoke, or suspend a professional or occupational license which is a government-issued permission slip for a person to work in their field of choice.
We oppose the provision prohibiting an employer or landlord from denying employment or housing based on a dismissal and discharge following successful completion of deferred adjudication community supervision. It is not the proper role of the state to prohibit employers or landlords from using this information to help form the basis of their respective employment or housing decisions.
For these reasons we remain neutral on HB 574.