Senate passes Vick bill to help people with criminal convictions get professional licensing

A bill from Rep. Brandon Vick, which would make reentering the workforce less complicated for those convicted of a crime, is headed to the governor's desk.

The Washington State Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1874 on Tuesday. The legislation would facilitate the process for an individual with a criminal history to determine whether their prior conviction would disqualify them from obtaining a professional license administered by the Department of Licensing (DOL).

Rep. Vick said the bill would also reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

“Whatever measures we can take to help people who have paid their debt become contributing members of society is a positive,” said Vick, R-Vancouver. “When people are ready to move forward after putting their mistakes behind them, we should not create barriers that prevent their progress.”

Among other things, HB 1874 asks the DOL to consider the seriousness of the offense when someone applies for a professional license. This prevents an individual from choosing a career path that might be unattainable based on the crime committed.

The bill now awaits the governor's signature to become law.

The 60-day 2022 legislative session is scheduled to end March 10.


Washington State House Republican Communications