Locked Out of Their Livelihoods: Criminal Convictions and Occupational Licensing in Texas
Friday, 8 June 2012 - 12:00am
•State statutes and regulations potentially bar ex-offenders from over 150 different licensed occupations from pest control to athletic training to plumbers to tow truck drivers.
•About half of these restrictions are statutes and the other half are agency rules.
•Licensed occupations are not limited to those of high professionalism, fiduciary duty, or responsibility: Texas also licenses 34 low-income occupations.