One of the most important bills I authored that became law this session will soon be helping people turn their lives around. This week, the Council on Offender Employment held their first meeting via Zoom.
The Council is part of the the Reduce Incarceration, Secure Employment or RISE Act which I authored. The RISE Act will give people a second chance and give employers confidence in their new employees. And it will help stop the revolving door of prison.
The council will issue Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQE) for ex-offenders who they determine are not likely to pose a risk to public safety. Those with certain offenses, particularly those involving violent or sexual crimes, will not be eligible to apply.
Regardless of the crime committed, the CQE would still not apply to certain facilities where our most vulnerable populations could be at risk, such as childcare centers or certain health care facilities. A CQE also does not apply to jobs substantially related to the applicant's crime.
I'm excited the new law will start helping people get into the workforce and on the road to prosperity.