Action Alert: Expand Opportunities for Oklahomans with Past Convictions
This afternoon, Tuesday, February 9th, the House Business, Labor and Retirement committee is scheduled to hear HB 2585, a measure that would allow Oklahomans with felony records a fair chance to rejoin the workforce. The bill, authored by Rep. Mark Lepak (R-Claremore), would protect formerly convicted citizens from being disqualified from access to employment in professions that require certain licences. It would create a more uniform policy for the consideration of a criminal record across different occupational licensing boards, without affecting any current laws that make certain convictions an automatic bar to licensing,
HB 2585 will allow more people to get back on their feet and get back to work after paying their debt to society. See this fact sheet for more information about HB 2585.
We urge you to contact members of the Business, Labor and Retirement Laws committee TODAY and ask them to VOTE YES on HB 2585. The committee members are:
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How to meet with your legislators
Sometimes it’s easier to meet with your legislator when you use the buddy system Even if you aren’t already a member of a Together Oklahoma chapter, your legislators need to be hearing from you and your fellow constituents right now about reasonable solutions to solve the budget emergency. Follow this link for a quick how-to in setting up small group meetings with your legislator and get your first face to face this session scheduled soon.
- Together OKC Legislative Action Teams Planning (March, 3rd at 6 PM-8 PM Downtown Library Ronald J Norick 300 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102)
- Together TULSA Legislative Action Teams Planning (Feb, 20th at 2 PM- 4 PM Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma 1304 N. Kenosha Ave. Tulsa, OK 74106)
- OK Policy webinar on our 2016 Policy Priorities (Feb. 18th at 1:00 pm. Space is limited and slots are filling up quick, so reserve your spottoday)
If you’d like to have a Together Oklahoma chapter in your area fill out this brief questionnaire and as soon as we have enough folks in your area we’ll host a kick off meeting to connect you with like-minded folks in your legislative districts.
Thanks for doing your civic duty to make Oklahoma better!