Introduced House Bill (H)

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Occupational licensing. Provides that the state and a local governmental unit (unit) shall explicitly list the crimes that will disqualify an individual from receiving an occupational license. Provides that the use of an individual's conviction of a crime as a disqualifying criminal conviction is limited to a crime that specifically and directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the occupation for which the individual is applying for or holds a license. Provides that the period of disqualification may not exceed five years unless the individual: (1) was convicted of a crime of violence or an offense relating to a Occupational licensing. Provides that the state and a local governmental unit (unit) shall explicitly list the crimes that will disqualify an individual from receiving an occupational license. Provides that the use of an individual's conviction of a crime as a disqualifying criminal conviction is limited to a crime that specifically and directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the occupation for which the individual is applying for or holds a license. Provides that the period of disqualification may not exceed five years unless the individual: (1) was convicted of a crime of violence or an offense relating to a criminal sexual act; or (2) is convicted of a second or subsequent crime during the disqualification period. Provides that an individual having a criminal conviction may at any time petition the board or unit requiring a license for a determination as to whether the individual's criminal conviction will disqualify the individual from receiving that license. Provides that the state or a unit shall grant a license for an occupation that an individual qualifies for or learns by the completion of an apprenticeship program to any applicant who successfully: (1) completes the eighth grade; (2) completes the apprenticeship program; and (3) passes an examination required by the apprenticeship program with a passing score established by the board. Provides that, if an applicant successfully completes an apprenticeship program that does not require an examination, the state or a unit may not require the applicant to take and pass an examination before granting the applicant a license. Provides that the length of an apprenticeship program may not exceed four years. Provides that, after June 30, 2018, a unit does not have the power to: (1) license, register, or certify an individual to practice the individual's occupation; or (2) impose fees and taxes related to the issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of an occupational license; unless the unit's licensing requirement is in effect on June 30, 2018, and the occupation is not subject to, and does not become subject to, licensure, registration, or certification under the Indiana Code. Provides that a unit, after June 30, 2018, does not have the power to impose or enforce occupational licensing fees and taxes that exceed $25 per year, and if the fees and taxes imposed by a unit before July 1, 2018, exceed that amount, the unit shall reduce the fees and taxes to $25 or less. ... View more