HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law to relax requirements for professional licenses. He signed Senate Bill 637 which prevents the state from denying a professional license to someone simply because they have a criminal record. Under the bill, a board or commission can only reject an applicant for a criminal history that is directly related to the occupation for which they are seeking a license. Even so, boards and commissions cannot consider juvenile or expunged convictions, and must consider the applicant’s personal rehabilitation, training, and references, among other things.

GOV. TOM WOLF