Take Back Kentucky Legislative Action Alert
Support: House Bill 40: Expungement Reform
Sponsor(s): D. Owens, D. Floyd, L. Belcher, G. Brown Jr., L. Clark, M. Denham, K. Flood, J. Gooch Jr., J. Greer, D. Keene, M. Marzian, J. Miller, T. Mills, J. Richards, S. Riggs, T. Thompson, D. Watkins, S. Westrom, B. Yonts
- May 19, 2015 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).
- Jan 05, 2016 – introduced in House; to Judiciary (H)
- Jan 07, 2016 – posted in committee
- Jan 12, 2016 – posting waived
- Jan 13, 2016 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
- Jan 14, 2016 – 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, January 15; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
- Jan 15, 2016 – 3rd reading, passed 80-11 with Committee Substitute (1), floor amendment (1)
- Jan 19, 2016 – received in Senate
- Jan 21, 2016 – to Judiciary (S)
Committee: Senate Judiciary
Timeframe: Committee meets every Thursday @ 10 AM in Annex Room 154
Message is for: All Senate Leadership, Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and YOUR Senator.
Message: “Support HB 40, allow people to re-enter society and be productive members”
Optional: E-mail the legislators on the committee. Example e-mail address: Firstname.Lastname@lrc.ky.gov . If that doesn’t work they have a contact page on their informational page.
Information: This bill allows for the expungement of Felonies that failed a grand jury indictment as well as Class D Felonies. This bill would remove from a person’s record a failed grand jury indictment. If a grand jury won’t indict then it is not worth having on your record as you didn’t even commit a crime, the prosecution failed to even prove a trial for a crime should be had. It also provides a mechanism for the expungement of Class D Felonies. Class D Felonies used to be misdemeanors and misdemeanors already have a process for expungement. The language of this bill got parsed over in committee but it still passed; however, we think SB 77 is a much cleaner version.
We need to realize that there is not much difference between Class A Misdemeanors and Class D Felonies. There are not your worst of the worst, hardened criminals. Did you know you can get a felony just for writing a cold check, so you made a mistake in timing or balancing your budget, should that really haunt you the rest of your life?
PDF Version: HB 40 – 2016