Governor John Hickenlooper signed my first bill into law this week. HB11-1203 requires the private custodians of criminal records – agencies that sell the information on your background check whenever you apply for a job or to rent an apartment – to seal their copies of a person’s record when a judge orders the court’s record sealed. Most criminal records are permanent, but sometimes a judge will agree to seal a criminal record when a former offender displays good behavior for many years after a youthful or minor crime, or when a defendant is found innocent.
Those who benefit from the new law will have an easier time getting a job or renting a home. In today’s economy, that can make a big difference in giving people a chance to work. HB11-1203 passed unanimously in the House and Senate, and was signed by Governor Hickenlooper on Tuesday.
Some of my other bills this year are making progress, too. Restorative Justice, HB11-1032, passed the House Judiciary Committee in February and is scheduled to be heared by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, April 6. The Uniform Military and Overseas Voting Act, HB11-1219, passed the House of Representatives this Wednesday!