HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The state Senate has sent the House a bill that would allow criminal records for minor offenses to be sealed.

Billed as “clean slate” legislation, the measure builds on a law enacted in 2016 that allowed individuals convicted of low-level, non-violent misdemeanors to petition a court to have the record sealed.

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The bill passed by the Senate Wednesday would go farther, allowing for records to be sealed automatically. In the case of non-violent misdemeanors, sealing would occur if the person remains crime free for ten years. Records in cases with no conviction would be sealed as a matter of course.

Supporters say for those who’ve paid their debt to society, the changes will eliminate barriers to becoming productive citizens.

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The bill now goes to the House for consideration.