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MA: Mass. legislators call for hearing after report details sex offenders received trade licenses

[ – 12/17/19 – Employment restrictions]

The chairs of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure want an oversight hearing and an “immediate and thorough investigation” into how sex offenders were able to obtain state licenses to work in various trades and professions.

Sen. Paul Feeney and Rep. Tackey Chan issued a joint statement on Monday afternoon, responding to a Boston Globe report that found 68 registered sex offenders held state licenses, including 21 electricians, and that officials at the Division of Professional Licensure had failed to check applicants against the sex offender registry from August 2016 through May 2019 because of what the division described a technical glitch.

Chan and Feeney called the report “deeply concerning” and said the reported firing of an employee who “stepped forward to bring this to light” raises additional questions about the division.

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Wow! this is not only disgusting but terrifying. This is nothing but fascist persecution of a minority group. They asked how did people on the registry get licenses, well, it is quite obvious, they worked hard, studied hard, completed all the schooling, and passed the state exams that’s how they did it. I know, I have received a license after completing a very lengthy apprenticeship program and schooling. Thank God I don’t live in a fascist state that has dictators that feel they can take that from you simply because they don’t like you. Can people convicted of drug offenses,… Read more »

Well said.

Historically events like this have been precursors to genocide. Terrifying to say the least.

“…including 21 electricians…” You have got to be kidding me. This is outrageous!!!! When I was in state I took the electrical trades course. We are not talking about a 10 hour course to teach you the names of tools and that electricity can kill you we are talking about gaining a certification in the electrical trades. I spent countless hours in class each day and studying each night back in the cell learning my trade that I am proud of. When released I had full certification and was able to obtain an electrical license from the city I lived… Read more »

How dare you be gainfully employed in a trade that might give you a decent living wage? It’s this mindset that has me contemplating moving out of the country.

However, this documentation can go towards showing how these “civil” limitations on a select group of people are in fact punitive.

Continue with the madness I say.

The main question here in any future legal challenge, is how would debarment of any state license, or more specifically as an electrician, have a rationale relation to public safety. We are getting mighty close to the statement in Smith v. Doe that the registry does not affect where offenders live or work.

Well, an electrician could very likely end up in a private home and doing work there. I’m sure that Registry Nazis (RNs) think that is a risk. They probably imagine other scenarios as well, who knows. But none of it is acceptable. Any restrictions on that would be just as useless as the Registries are. I have to watch out for literally ANY worker who comes into my home. It doesn’t help me at all if Nanny Big Government (NBG) keeps out some people. Not at all. Doesn’t change my risk level in any way. It is just pure harassment… Read more »

My thought on this whole thing is that 1. The people who complained and is trying to get everyone fired and disenfranchised watched a lot of porn. 2. They hired a plumber electrician or plumber who happened to be in the registry thinking that since they are a “deviant” they will most likely do it like movies. 3. The person got rejected by the tradesman. 4. The person got pissy and wanted revenge for not getting to act out their fantasies. 5. The registry creates a perfect scape goat if the husband or significant other walks in while they are… Read more »

@JohnDoeUtah “Close to the statement in Smith v. Doe that the registry does not affect where offenders live or work?” We are clearly way past that characterization of the law in this decision which now governs all of our lives. In Illinois, people are being thrown out of their homes at Christmas time because of a new ruling that the permissible distance from a park playground is to be calculated not from your doorstep to the fence of the playground, but to the outer perimeter of the entire park. And, not just where we are permitted to live and work,… Read more »

And how many of those committed a crime while holding trade licenses?

I meant to say a new ruling from SCOTUS.

Instead of complaining here, do like I did and email the guy and tell him hiw screwed up his view and actions are. He is listed on web with email and phone#. Easy enough to contact and voice your opinion directly.

Is there some reason a sex offender shouldn’t be an electrician? Or maybe we should all just be plumbers since we’re so good at dealing with the shit they give us. They didn’t give them daycare licenses…

A sex offender absolutely should not be an electrician because he/she should be in prison. That’s easy enough. But for those of us who are not sex offenders, not in prison, and are merely listed on the nanny big government Registries, I do believe that we should strive to own daycares. I fully expect that I already partially own daycares but I think I will add a personal objective to own one 100% myself and directly. I can do that. I can own a lot of businesses that I never work at. Yep. But owning it will certainly allow me… Read more »

Why do you thing Gov. Wants to STOP BUSINESS LICENSE, precisely what you are talk about…also its great to be Honest, but Not Judgemental….Im my Brothers Keeper and HELP PREVENT BAD things from happening…by empowering men to be Leaders and men and Not Judging….Undermining, sidestepping and Outright giving Women our PLACE in the home and Society Is what brought Alot of these Crimes to Reality !!!
Thanks for your long over due Support….

@Jessie: I’m not the most intelligent person in the world; I did not comprehend your message though.

Here is what I wrote to these, for a lack of a better word, imbeciles, including the journalist who wrote the article: With All Due Respect, Tackey Chan & Paul Feeney It is clear from this news today that you want to Hinder Family’s Safety, Prevent an Individual’s Freedom to Make a Decent Living, thus Destroying Families, potentially making people Homeless, and putting the entire Commonwealth In Danger, is that correct? You have an issue with a person who SERVED THEIR TIME and proceeds to better their lives by getting technical training to become a Plumber or Electrician and to… Read more »

Dear Joe: Really well said! Especially the emotional power of that last sentence of yours. I am doing well enough, I’ve got no complaints, (well I’ve got plenty of complaints…but who would listen?!?…lol), yet at this time of year, even I am cut off from family…part of my people live in a very restrictive residence establishment state…and they may beg and cry and whine…but I ask them, How devastating would they feel if I went against my better judgment and…and got arrested and locked up because I went and visited them? I say, “No,” for their sake. Sure it would… Read more »

@Joe123…Outstanding letter. The time must come when we all share your courage and come out of the shadows and start demanding to be treated as citizens. Thank you.

Is there any state that allows Former Citizens to retain trade licenses once their status is known? If so, is there a resource which lists states that allow Former Citizens to get and keep trade licenses? I am pretty sure California is a case by case basis and that the licensing board for each trade makes the determination. Most are denied. I know that I was denied a vehicle salesperson license because my crime was one that included “moral turpitude.” (sex crime). Has any reader here been able to obtain AND keep an Occupational License in California? If so, please… Read more »

@C: In Ga, the state law also uses “moral turpitude” as a guide leaving the decision up to the board. I never applied for a license knowing/guessing it’ll be denied. I know that didn’t answer your question.

I live in Alabama, and its difficult to not get in trouble just goung inside a Mcdonalds, or many places of business,
So try and get a business like most people, yes you can KILL yourself pouring your SOUL&BODY TO ESTABLISH…..THEN AUTHORITIES/PEOPLE WILL RUN YOU OUT OF TOWN…IF YOU LIVE ANOTHER DAY TO TELL !!

@Grant: I actually had a conversation with my PO last week on the the “where I could go” thing (I knew already). He usually asks at his visits “any charges, any contact with children” and then leaves. I as one not only under registration, but also under supervision (omg, I’m a monster) asks questions, not only to waste their time already knowing the answers but to also gauge their understanding. He understands, finally, that I am no more as a threat than the next guy. He always has, I believe, as we have had conversations about recidivism and who commits… Read more »

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