Porter applauds governor's signing of House Bill 5764

July 7, 2017

State Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, praised Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s signing of legislation that will promote economic stability and decrease recidivism.

House Bill 5764, “An Act Concerning the Licensing of Barbers and Hairdressers,” will exempt Connecticut residents seeking to become barbers or hairdressers in Connecticut from submitting criminal history data as a prerequisite to licensure.

The bill received unanimous support in the state Senate and passed out of the House of Representatives in a 127-22 vote. The legislation will take effect Oct. 1, 2017.

Porter, a co-sponsor of the bill, said this legislation will give people who have a criminal conviction an opportunity to pursue a career as a barber or hairdresser so they can further support their families and the communities in which they live.

“For years, Connecticut has sought to become a national model for criminal justice reform. Through this legislation, Connecticut takes steps toward ensuring everyone has the opportunity to earn a livelihood. House Bill 5764 gives those with criminal convictions a second chance – a second chance at supporting their families, contributing to society and thriving in their personal and professional lives,” said Porter, chairwoman of the Labor and Public Employees Committee.