A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO REQUIRE THAT OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BOARDS CONSIDER CERTAIN FACTORS BEFORE DENYING LICENSES TO APPLICANTS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
Enacts new GS 93B-8.1 as the title indicates. Provides definitions for the following terms as they apply in this section: (1) applicant, (2) board, (3) criminal history records, and (4) licensee.
Prohibits an occupational licensing board (board), as defined in GS 93B-1, from automatically denying licensure because of an applicant's criminal record, unless the law governing the particular licensing board provides otherwise. Identifies factors that a board authorized to deny a license to an applicant based on an applicant's criminal record must consider in determining whether to deny a license to an applicant.
Authorizes a board to deny a license to an applicant who refuses to consent to a criminal history check or the use of fingerprints or other identifying information required by the State or National Repositories of Criminal Histories.
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