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July 01, 2020 - Harrisburg, PA

Gov. Wolf Signs Bipartisan Bill to Remove Barriers to Work for People with Criminal Convictions

Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years.

The governor proposed reforms to job licensing requirements and licensing boards to remove barriers to employment so skilled workers can enter the jobs of their choice. In 2017, the governor signed an executive order requiring a review of job licensing with a comparison to other states and a task force appointed by the governor issued a report in 2018 outlining many proposals to cut red tape and modernize job licensing. The reforms included removing outdated criminal record restrictions. One in five Pennsylvanians needs an occupational license from a board or commission to do their job, representing more than one million workers.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signs a bill.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Board of Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood speaking with the press.Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_04.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_05.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_06.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signs a bill.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_07.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_08.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Board of Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_10.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_11.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Board of Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood speaking with the press. Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_12.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_13.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Board of Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood speaking with the press. Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_14.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_15.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Board of Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood speaking with the press. Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_16.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_17.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signs a bill.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_18.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_19.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_20.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signs a bill.  Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18141_gov_sb637_bill_signing_dz_21.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. Harrisburg, PA  July 1, 2020