‘Second chance’ bill clears Ky. House, yet hurdles remain

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a bill that would let some convicted felons clear their records.

The House voted 80-11 to allow people convicted of class D felonies to have their records expunged five years after they have completed their sentence or probation. A class D felony is the lowest level felony in Kentucky, punishable by up to five years on prison.

The bill does not apply to people convicted of sex crimes, child pornography, human trafficking or abuse of public corruption.

Similar bills have passed the House in the past, but have died in the Republican-controlled Senate. But this year, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce have backed the bill, giving advocates hope it has enough support to pass.


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