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Relating to the consequences of receiving a grant of deferred adjudication community supervision and successfully completing the period of supervision.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 757 would prohibit the fact that a person was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision from being used as grounds for denying, suspending, or revoking an occupational license under most circumstances. Being placed on deferred adjudication would only be grounds for denying, suspending, or revoking a license related to professional childcare and health services for sex offenders.
Texas Action supports HB 757 because it would advance free markets, individual liberty, and limited government. Defendants placed on deferred adjudication are most often first-time offenders charged with misdemeanors or certain low-level felonies. Restricting them from an occupational license when they are otherwise qualified restricts their freedom to gain meaningful work and incentivizes them to commit more crimes. HB 757 would protect such persons' freedom to make a living.