Kelsey’s latest project

Ex-convicts asking the courts to restore their voting rights should be able to ask a judge to restore their employability, according to Sen. Brian Kelsey.

The Germantown Republican is repitching a bill, SB276, mirrored after Ohio’s 2012 effort to allow people convicted of non-violent crimes to petition a judge for an employment certificate. The Tennessee bill never budged from committee this year. 

While the Republican-led legislature has positioned itself as generally tough on crime, Kelsey argued in the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Monday the move would lessen unemployment and reduce recidivism.