SECOND CHANCE ALLIANCE: Help Push SB 33 Over the Finish Line

March 18, 2013

As I said last week, our work is not done. Thanks to your collective support, Senate Bill 33 passed the Senate on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. SB 33 is now in the House of Representatives. We have momentum on our side, but we need to push SB 33 over the finish line.

This coming Wednesday (March 20, 2013) the House Judiciary Subcommittee C will review and vote on SB 33. Below you will find contact information for the Representatives who serve on that subcommittee.

Please take the time TODAY to call and/or email these individuals — especially those representing your county — to voice your support for SB 33 and second chances.

SENATE BILL 33: Use of Criminal History Records by Licensing Boards

Senate Bill 33 requires occupational licensing boards to consider several aspects of an applicant’s criminal record (how long ago the conviction occurred, the connection between the crime and the occupation, evidence of rehabilitation, etc.) when deciding whether to grant an individual an occupational license. This bill would prevent occupational licensing boards from automatically denying licensure to all applicants with a criminal conviction unless there is a state or federal law that requires a denial. This will open doors for North Carolinians across the state by allowing them to utilize their skills and contribute positively to their communities.

To read the entire text of SB 33, click here.

Key Talking Points for SB 33

  • I support SB 33-Use of Criminal History Records by  Licensing Boards.
  • Occupational Licensing Boards should not be able to deny licensure to anyone with a criminal record without considering their specific circumstances.
  • Requiring occupational licensing boards to conduct an individualized assessment of an individual and his criminal record is a balanced and fair approach. It allows individuals a chance to tell their stories and make a case for their employment, and—after reviewing these considerations— an occupational licensing board retains the discretion whether or not to provide licensure
  • This is not a handout—this is about allowing individuals opportunities to put their skills to productive use and contribute meaningfully to their community and North Carolina’s economy.

House of Representatives, Committee on Judiciary, Subcommittee C:



Rep. Stevens

Surry, Wilkes

Rep. Davis

New Hanover

Rep. Harrison


Rep. Insko


Rep. Turner


Rep. Baskerville

Granville, Vance, Warren

Rep. J. Bell

Craven, Greene, Lenoir, Wayne

Rep. R. Brown


Rep. Cleveland


Rep. Daughtry


Rep. Farmer-Butterfield

Pitt, Wilson

Rep. Horn


Rep. Mobley

Bertie, Gates, Hertford, Pasquotank

Rep. T. Moore


Rep. Ramsey



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