Statement by Attorney General Bondi on House Bill 449 Passing First Committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla – 29 March 2011 – Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement after testifying before the House Governmental Operations Subcommittee in support of House Bill 449 by Representative Dwayne Taylor. House Bill 449 passed the House committee unanimously.

“Licensing decisions should be based on the licensing agency’s individualized review of the applicant’s qualifications and background.

“The removal of any link between civil rights restoration and licensing will both promote public safety and give released felons an opportunity to earn a living and reintegrate into society.

“I would like to thank Representative Taylor for filing legislation that would remove this link between civil rights restoration and licensing.”

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