Readshaw bill advances to House
House Bill 263, introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, was unanimously approved by the House Professional Licensure Committee.
The bill would require licensees of all boards and commissions within the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report any misdemeanor, felony or drug conviction to their licensing board within 30 days of the conviction.
The boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs do not currently have uniform rules regarding the timeliness of reporting convictions. Reporting requirements vary from 10 days to only on biennial renewals.
“My bill would require a uniform reporting of crimes to provide better protection to the public,” Rep. Readshaw said. “This bill would create a safer environment for the residents of Pennsylvania by enabling the boards and commissions with knowledge of wrongful acts by licensees in a timely manner.”
The bill now moves to the House for further consideration.