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South Carolina – SB 689 (Licensing)  

Issue:  Licensing applicants with prior criminal conviction

Affects:  Determining factors for license applicants with prior criminal conviction

Send comments to:  Regan Ratliff, rratliff@phta.org

Bill Summary: This bill prohibits a regulatory board or commission from denying a license to an applicant because of a prior criminal conviction, unless the criminal conviction directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the occupation or profession for which the applicant is seeking a license. 

The board or commission shall use the following factors to determine whether an applicant with a criminal conviction shall be denied a license:

(a)    the nature and severity of the crime for which the applicant was convicted;

(b)    the length of time since his conviction;

(c)    the relationship of the crime to the ability, capacity, and fitness required to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the occupation for which he is seeking licensure; and

(d)    evidence of rehabilitation or treatment undertaken by the applicant that may mitigate the relationship referred to in subitem (c).

Status: This bill was heard by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Industry April 3rd.  No further hearing has been scheduled. 

Current version:  https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/prever/689_20190321.htm