All it takes now is Governor Nixon’s signature and many people with criminal records could have an easier time wiping some convictions from their records.
This week the House passed SB 588, sponsored bySen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield), that expands the number of crimes that can be erased and shortens the time an ex-offender has to wait to seek expungement. The legislation prohibits a person from being eligible for the process if subsequently found guilty of any misdemeanor or felony offense. The House vote was 143-12.
Described as a “jobs” bill, SB 588 had languished in the Senate for weeks until the bill was used as a bargaining chip to get passage of the voter photo ID bill. Then the expungement bill quickly passed the Senate and was given preferential treatment in the House.
The MCC has supported an expanded expungement process in Missouri for many years. This legislation will give second chances to many individuals who have been denied jobs because of their criminal records.