Friday, July 1, 2011

Scott signs bill to help Fla. ex-felons get jobs

The jobs bill (SB 146) will let ex-convicts obtain licenses and other governmental permits they need to hold down jobs without waiting to get their voting and other civil rights restored.

Scott and the Florida Cabinet recently made that wait longer for many by halting the automatic restoration of rights for nonviolent offenders. Now they'll have to wait at least five years after being released, just like violent offenders, before asking to have their rights restored.

They then must get the governor's approval as well as the votes of two of the three Cabinet members when they meet, usually four times a year, as the Board of Executive Clemency.

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