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Bill for misdemeanor expungement, aiding job searches, passes Pa. Senate

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The state Senate Wednesday unanimously passed a bill from state Sen. Tim Solobay to enable expungement of certain misdemeanor offenses in Pennsylvania to help people get jobs and back on track unanimously passed.

Senate Bill 391, if enacted, would let certain individuals with some misdemeanor convictions apply to have the offenses expunged if they have clean records for seven to 10 years after their incarcerations or supervisions end, a news release stated

Today, these expungements could only happen once the offenders turned 70 or if they have been dead for three years, according to the release from Solobay, D-Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

The measure would not cover all misdemeanors, and the ability to expunge would depend on the offense's degree, nature and length of sentence by which it's punishable.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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