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Progressive and conservative policy leaders agree on one occupational licensing reform

Policy development groups on both the left and the right have stepped up pressure on state legislators this year to restrict many licensing boards from using past criminal convictions to deny applicants a license.

On the right, the lobbying group ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), which has developed hundreds of pro-free-market model bills that state legislatures frequently adapt and enact, supports tighter restrictions on boards' ability to screen out applicants with criminal records.

ALEC added a "Collateral Consequences Reduction Act Model Legislation" to its war chest of proposed bills in 2017. Under the model bill, boards may only . . .

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