TALLAHASSEE -- A bill that would take occupational licenses out of the civil rights denied to ex-convicts has unanimously cleared the House Judiciary committee.
The committee voted Thursday on the measure (HB 449) sponsored by state Rep. Dwayne Taylor.
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet had ended the automatic restoration of voting and other civil rights to nonviolent felons once their sentences are up.
But Attorney General Pam Bondi agreed with advocates that occupational licenses should not be denied to former inmates who have completed their sentences. They said such licenses are key to earning a livelihood.
Bondi said the restoration of civil rights should have no bearing on whether an individual qualifies for a particular occupational license.