- Published: 27 March 2015
SPRINGFIELD — Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) secured Senate passage yesterday of legislation that will give ex-offenders a fair shot at obtaining a professional license. If her proposal becomes law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) would set up an appeals process for ex-offenders who have had their licenses revoked for medical and therapy jobs.
“People who have paid their dues and rehabilitated themselves are deserving of a second chance,” Martinez said. “Many young people make a mistake at a young age and are banned for life from certain professions, but this legislation allows IDFPR to determine whether or not they would be a good candidate for a professional license.”
Under Martinez’s plan, IDFPR must take into account the seriousness of the crime, prior disciplinary actions and the date of the conviction among other factors. The department may refuse to issue or restore any license that has been revoked. Additionally, those who have committed a sex crime or been required to register as a sex offender would not be able to submit an appeal.
“My proposal has appropriate safeguards that will allow IDFPR to create a useful appeals process for ex-offenders who want to obtain professional licensing,” said Martinez.
Next, the Illinois House of Representatives will consider Senate Bill 42.
“I am pleased that Senate Bill 42 passed the Senate, and I encourage members of the Illinois House to pass this legislation and send it to the governor,” Martinez said.