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From the President: Collateral Consequences Are Too Often Unjust Consequences

By E.G. Morris

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Effective Sept. 1, 2011, Texas Health and Safety Code Sec. 773.0614, dealing with ground for revocation of the license of emergency medical technicians, was amended to change just a couple of words. The law was changed to mandate revocation if the certificate holder has been convicted of a serious offense including those requiring sex offender registration. Previously, revocation was mandated only if the person was convicted after licensure.

An article published in the Austin American-Statesmen on Jan. 16, 2016,1 related several instances in which this change in the law caused unjust results. One emergency medical technician (EMT) committed a sexual offense at age 16. He successfully served his sentence of probation and at age 31 became an EMT. He landed a good job and had a stellar work record. Under the new law, his license was revoked. He now remains unemployed.

The newspaper article told of two more EMTs who suffered the same fate, losing their licenses after 1

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