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News 6.26.19

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Poll shows growing support for Reschenthaler’s clean slate bill for federal marijuana convictions

A new poll finds that Reps. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) and Lisa Blunt-Rochester’s (D-RI) Clean Slate Act has strong bipartisan support after the legislation was reintroduced in Congress this past April. Seventy-one percent of Americans support the bill, which would automatically seal federal nonviolent marijuana offenses and simple possession of other drugs, with only 19 percent opposing. The favorable results hold steady across political party, race, gender, and age.

News 6.26.19

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: California Clean Slate Law follows Pennsylvania’s lead

Modeled after Pennsylvania’s landmark Clean Slate Act, California is considering a bill—backed by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón—that would take the concept and expand it. Pennsylvania’s bill introduced automated sealing for misdemeanors, clearing qualifying records after people remain crime free for 10 years. California’s bill would include some felonies and start automatic expungement as soon as the person’s sentence is complete, in addition to retroactively scrubbing any records that meet the state requirements.

News 6.26.19

The Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Unlocking American Dream’: Bill proposes to seal non-violent, weed-related federal crime records

In April, Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-RI) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) reintroduced the Clean Slate Act, which would automatically seal nonviolent federal marijuana records for people who have paid their debt to society. The bipartisan legislation was inspired by Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Act, which became law in 2018. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is currently developing a Senate companion bill.

News 6.26.19

The Appeal: Reformers Push to Expand and Automate Expungement

The Appeal reviews the rising trend of states automating record-clearing. Following in the footsteps of Pennsylvania, Utah recently enacted clean slate automated record-clearing legislation. A growing number of states are also considering similar bills, including California, where San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is championing the legislation. Meanwhile, Delaware is considering legislation to expand expungement.