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Wilson's restoration of rights bill making progress

Sen. Frederica Wilson is making progress on passing her bill to no longer make the restoration of civil rights a condition of employment or for obtaining licenses and other certificates of employment for felons who have served their time. The measure, which passed the Senate last year, is now on third reading in the Senate.

"This great legislation. It is long overdue.,'' said Wilson, a Miami Democrat, who noted that the Florida Sheriff's Association and FDLE . "Keep everyone working."

Sen. Jim King, who worked on the bill, said Wilson has been "just absolutely relentless'' and asked him to carry the bill through committees. "I don't believe we got a single negative vote on the whole thing...If you believe people go to prison to be rehabilitiatied Sen Wilson's bill is right on target. We need to give them something more than $5 and a suitcase.

"This will employ people who have already served time,'' he said. "It's a bill that will save us tons of money, probably tons of lives.''