(AP) — Some convicted felons in Kentucky could have their records cleared under a bill advancing in the state Senate.
Kentucky does not have a process for felons to have their records expunged. Critics say some people convicted of a low level felony when they were young are unable to get jobs or get into college.
The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives passed a bill that would let people convicted of low-level felonies file for expungement. The Republican majority in the state Senate opposes that bill. They passed a bill Thursday that would let some convicted felons apply to have their records cleared. But the bill would only apply to 61 crimes, including some drug possession and theft charges.
The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.