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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.