Bans many boards from using vague standards like “moral turpitude” and “good moral character” to disqualify applicants.
Imposes a five-year time limit for considering old convictions.
Areas of Improvement
Extend state’s protections to medical and security licenses.
Raise relatedness test from “rational nexus” to “directly related,” a much more stringent standard.
In 2019, West Virginia enacted its first overarching law to protect ex-offenders in the licensing process, earning a C+ for its final grade. However, the new law expressly does not apply to occupations regulated by the state medical board, physician assistants, osteopathic physicians and surgeons, private investigators, or security guards. Thanks to those loopholes, any felony, along with crimes of moral turpitude, can disqualify applicants for medical and security licenses.