SECTION 1. Section 16(b) of chapter 23K of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 13 the word “shall” and inserting in place thereof the following word:- may. Said section 16 (b) is further amended by striking out, in line 21, the words “an automatic” and inserting in place thereof the following word:- “a”. Said section 16 (b) is further amended by striking out the words: “for convictions which occurred before the 10-year period immediately preceding application for licensure,”. Said section 16(b) is further amended by adding, after the last sentence, the sentence:- Notwithstanding this provision, a sealed record shall not be a bar to licensing or registration under this chapter.
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