Lawmakers work to expunge low-level criminal convictions

Sep 9, 2019

A group of state lawmakers wants to make it easier for people to get some criminal offenses off their record.

Legislation expected to hit the State House this week would let people ask to set aside a conviction for some misdemeanors and low-level felonies. Law enforcement could still see those convictions, but employers could not. Republican Graham Filler chairs the House Judiciary Committee. He says having any kind of record can make it hard to get a job.

"But also, under the licensure requirements, sometimes if an individual has anything on their record, it might be used to stop them from getting a license and we want to cut that barrier off too."

Murder, sexual misconduct and drunk driving convictions could not be set aside. Filler says the bills have sponsors from both sides of the aisle.