Connecticut’s 2022 legislative session certainly gave journalists and policy wonks a lot to talk about. For 12 short weeks, hours of coverage were devoted to some successful pushes —including boosts to children’s mental health programs and one-time tax cuts— and some not-so-successful ones, like advocacy for more affordable housing and an effort from fourth-grade students to make lollipops the state candy.

Still, one bill headed to Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk mostly avoided the headlines, but it deserves applause from both sides of the aisle. House Bill 5248 will open opportunity to thousands of people with prior felony convictions by reducing burdensome occupational licensure requirements, which is sure to not only improve their personal circumstances but have broader social benefits as well.