INDIANAPOLIS— A proposal authored State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) that aims to strengthen Indiana’s expungement process was approved by the Senate on Monday.
“Hoosiers who are focused on rebuilding their lives should not have to face the undue burden of answering questions about expunged convictions,” said Sen. Taylor. “These Hoosiers have served their time, gone through the process of having their criminal records expunged and are now attempting to get their lives back on track by finding gainful employment.”
Senate Bill (SB) 267 would provide additional protection for Hoosiers with expunged criminal records. A person who questions a job applicant about their expunged criminal record will now be committing a Class C infraction. Upon second violation, the subsequent infraction would be elevated to Class B infraction. This measure would protect citizens with expunged records when pursuing career options.
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.
This proposal would provide support to those affected by the expungement law passed by the General Assembly in the 2014 legislative session. The measure also provides that citizens arrested or charged – but not convicted – could have their records expunged by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The proposal passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 14. It will now proceed to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
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.
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