HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The sponsor of “clean slate” legislation in the state House is optimistic a bill that would allow for automatically sealing criminal records involving minor offenses will get to the governor later this year.
The clean slate legislation 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.READ MORE: Sheriff's Deputies Dismantle Protest Encampment At Site Of University City Townhomes
Now, the proposal would have those records sealed automatically if the person remains crime free for ten years. The state Senate has already passed a clean slate bill.List: Philadelphia Area Food Banks
On Tuesday, the state House Judiciary Committee passed its own version, addressing what the sponsor – Republican Sheryl Delozier – says are some clarifications sought by law enforcement.
“Those that support this bill are very varied, which to me means there’s a good bill moving forward,” she said.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Week Starts With Muggy Conditions Before Cold Front Arrives
Delozier says the House committee’s changes to the legislation were made in consultation with the Senate and she foresees passage of a clean slate bill by both chambers by the end of the year.