Bill

SB 1217

86(R) - 2019
Senate Criminal Justice
House Corrections
Senate Criminal Justice
House Corrections
Criminal Procedure
Occupational Licensing

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive

Author(s)

Carol Alvarado

Bill Caption

Relating to the consideration of certain arrests in determining an applicant ’s eligibility for an occupational license.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

SB 1217 would prohibit state licensing boards from considering an arrest that did not result in a criminal conviction or deferred adjudication community supervision during the licensing certification process for an individual who is seeking a professional license in a field.

According to the author, this bill is an attempt to reduce the amount of false arrests that are taken into consideration during professional licensing approvals. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends supporting SB 1217 as it uplifts our principles of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility. We are in favor of eliminating state licensure requirements for certain professions and reducing barriers of entry to industries. For these reasons, we support SB 1217.