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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 9, 2022 03:03 PM
From: Senator Doug Mastriano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Fighting Chance Act
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation that will address two bipartisan issues: criminal justice reform and occupational licensure reform.

The “Fighting Chance Act” is a regulatory reform bill designed to help small business owners, prospective entrepreneurs, and reformed non-violent offenders seeking to enter the workforce in a licensed occupation.

This legislation is modeled after a law passed in Virginia in 2018 by the Republican legislature and signed by the Democrat Governor.

My bill would apply the following to the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs and the Board of Probation and Parole:
  • Establish a three-year regulatory reduction pilot program
  • Reduce regulatory requirements and compliance costs across pilot agencies by 25% within three years of enactment
  • Establish a baseline regulatory catalog for the total number and type of regulations and regulatory requirements currently promulgated or administered by the pilot agencies
  • Require a report annually to members of the General Assembly on the progress of the regulatory reduction pilot program.
In Virginia, their three-year pilot program resulted in a significant reduction of the number of unnecessary duplicative or burdensome requirements as assessed by the participating agencies. Specifically, the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs cut 27% of its regulations. 

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to reduce barriers for small business owners,
workers, and reformed residents of this Commonwealth who want to enter the workforce in an occupation requiring a license. If you have any questions regarding this bill, please contact Joshua Herman in my office at jherman@pasen.gov

Introduced as SB259