SC, Greenville Chambers of Commerce back workplace re-entry bill

GREENVILLE CO., S.C. (WSPA) – Leaders with the S.C. and Greenville Chambers of Commerce are throwing their support behind a measure that would expunge non-violent offenses from the criminal records of South Carolinians.

“Someone who has been convicted of a non-violent offense –it shouldn’t be a life sentence for them,” said Carlos Phillips, CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. “They ought to be able to pursue their dreams.”

House Bill 3209 is one of two workplace re-entry bills introduced in the current legislative session. Phillips says the chambers made a conscious decision to make workplace re-entry part of its legislative agenda.

“The more people we can get into the workforce, the more people we can get earning better incomes and the better it’s going to be for our economy,” Phillips said.

HB 3209 made it out of a judiciary subcommittee and was on its way to the full judiciary. The debate was adjourned so that amendments relating to the bill could be drafted.

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