Today, Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced AB 1720, the bill would create a fair chance for people with arrest and conviction records to access caregiving and other jobs governed by the Department of Social Services (DSS).
“As we are creating a better future of tomorrow, we must allow for opportunities for our current generation to thrive,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “The exemption process is burdensome for both DSS and exemption applicants and can take more than 75 days to complete, that would mean 75 more days of unemployment – we just cannot afford that.”
AB 1720 would streamline the licensure process for those that have been convicted of a crime to ensure that an unrelated prior conviction does not prohibit a qualified, rehabilitated person from securing employment. The bill would not make major changes to the procedure for licensing foster family homes, certified family homes or resource family homes of a licensed foster family agency.