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Bill to expunge records of some convicted felons passes Senate judiciary committee

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bill that would expunge the record of some felons has passed a key hurdle in the Kentucky Senate.

The Senate version of a bill that would clear the record of some convicted felons looks much different than the one that has already been passed by the House

The Senate bill that passed a judiciary committee on March 17 applies to a smaller list of non-violent, non-sexual crimes, about 70 percent. It also calls for a 5-year waiting period and a hearing before the record can be cleared. It passed 10-to-1. 

Rep. Darryl Owens of Louisville, who has been pushing for such a bill for years, is pleased despite the changes from the House version. 

"Well you have to consider the fact that I've been carrying this for four or five years (and) we've never had a hearing," Owens said. "So I gotta be excited -- exuberant -- at the fact that we had a hearing. Now, again, that's only part of the legislative process. It still has to go to the Senate floor. And I don't know what's going to happen when it hits the Senate floor, but based on what I've seen and hear, I'm encouraged." 

Getting the bill passed by the Republican Senate may be a tough sell even though Gov. Bevin supports the idea.

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