Kentucky Senate Passes Expungement Bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A bill that would allow some nonviolent felons to have their criminal records erased has cleared a major hurdle by passing the Kentucky Senate.

The legislation would allow people convicted of many Class D felonies to go to court in hopes of clearing their records. It would not apply to people convicted of violent crimes or sex offenses.

The Republican-led Senate made several changes before passing the bill Tuesday and sending it back to the Democratic-controlled House. Under the Senate changes, offenders would have to wait five years before seeking to have their criminal records expunged.

Supporters say the bill offers a second chance for people who now have trouble getting good jobs due to their criminal past. Opponents said the five-year waiting period isn’t long enough.