Pennsylvania Proposes New Rules on Professional Licensure Process for People with Criminal Backgrounds

State regulators are seeking to clarify the professional licensing process for people with criminal backgrounds as part of a larger effort to improve career opportunities for ex-convicts. The proposed rules, scheduled for publication this weekend in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, carry out provisions of a state law passed in 2020. Taken together, the rules would provide greater transparency and clarity to the process, giving applicants a better idea of what past crimes disqualify them for licensure and how they could make their case, according to the Department of State, which oversees professional licensing in Pennsylvania.