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General Assembly votes on expungement and constitutional convention bills

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Hoosiers with criminal records might soon be able to erase their past.

The Indiana House of Representatives concurred by a vote of 78 to 19 Monday on House Bill 1482 that provides for the expungement of certain criminal records.

The measure, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, requires the court to expunge records of misdemeanor convictions and some Class D felony convictions under certain circumstances. It also allows the court to expunge records concerning more serious felony convictions.

To be eligible, individuals with criminal records must stay out of trouble for a specified period of years following the conviction.

Two bills regarding the push for an Article V Constitutional Convention were also approved Monday. The full Senate concurred with House amendments on SB 224 which outlines the duties of delegates and SB 225, which provides for the appointments of delegates.

Authored by Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, the bills are part of an effort to enlist other states in calling for a constitutional convention with the express purpose of drafting amendments that will limit the commerce and taxing powers of the federal government.

The accompanying Senate Joint Resolution 18 has stalled in the House Committee on Judiciary. Also authored by Long, this resolution makes an application to Congress to call for a constitutional convention.
 

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