The state House on Friday passed a bill that would allow people to clear class D felony convictions from their criminal records five years after they’ve completed their sentences.
The Senate Republicans’ leader took little time to begin critiquing the proposed legislation.
The bill’s sponsor, Louisville Democratic Rep. Darryl Owens, said the bill is about redemption and second chances.
“It’s about acknowledging that but for the grace of God could go each of us. But we got lucky,” Owens said.
Those convicted of sex offenses, crimes against the elderly, crimes against children, abuse of public trust, human trafficking, and possession of child pornography would be excluded from the bill.
Similar legislation has passed the Democratic-led House in recent years, but the Republican-led Senate has remained reluctant to follow.
The House passed the bill Friday by a vote of 80-11.