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House Passes Expungement Reform Package

Nov 08, 2019

The House of Representatives approved of a plan to expand expungement laws in the state. The proposal would allow hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents to have their prior convictions expunged, under certain circumstances. According to proponents of the bills, when a person has prior convictions expunged, their wages tend to increase shortly thereafter.

The plan would:

    • Require judges to expunge marijuana convictions if the behavior that led to the conviction is allowed under current law
    • Make most traffic offenses eligible for expungement
    • Shorten the eligibility period for expungement
    • Establish automatic expungement for certain offenses

The bill package has been referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee for consideration.

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