Hundreds of thousands of residents would be eligible to have their criminal records expunged under a proposal reported by the House Judiciary Committee this week. Currently only individuals with one felony or two misdemeanors qualify for expungement, and they must wait a minimum of five years before they can start the process. This plan would expand the number of people who qualify, allow marijuana convictions and some traffic offenses to be expunged, shorten the eligibility period for expungement, and establish automatic expungement for certain offenses. The bills will be sent to the floor for further consideration.
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