INDIANAPOLIS— A proposal by State Senator Greg Taylor (D- Indianapolis) aimed at strengthening Indiana’s criminal record expungement process passed out of the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 267 would provide additional protection for Hoosiers with expunged criminal records. A person who unlawfully questions a job applicant about their expunged criminal record would be charged with a Class C infraction if the proposal is enacted. Upon a second violation the subsequent infraction would be elevated to Class B infraction. This measure is aimed at protecting citizens with expunged records from unlawful questioning when pursuing career options.
“It is important that those who are focused rebuilding their lives have the ability to do so without threat of their expunged criminal history impeding progress,” said Sen Taylor. “I hope this bill will give options to Hoosiers seeking a second chance at furthering their careers and education, and hold employers accountable.”
This proposal would provide support to those affected by the expungement law passed by the General Assembly in the 2014 legislative session.
Currently, Hoosiers are eligible for expungement upon meeting all of the terms of their sentence agreement. Indiana’s current expungement law provides that certain non-violent and non-sexual convictions can be expunged from criminal records.
The proposal passed out of the Senate Corrections & Criminal Law Committee by a vote of 8 to 1, and now moves to the full Senate to where changes to the proposal may be considered.
Sen. Taylor represents Senate District 33 which includes portions of Wayne, Pike, Washington and Center townships in Marion County. For more information on Sen. Taylor, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s33.