Expungement Bill Now Goes To Governor Bevin

Legislation to expand the number of Kentuckians eligible to have low-level felonies expunged from their criminal records now goes to the governor for his signature after the measure received final passage in the state Senate Thursday. The Legislative Research Commission reports the measure, known as Senate Bill 57, passed the Senate by a vote of 36-1.

The legislation would expand discretionary expungement to all Class D felonies, except those that involved a breach of trust, sex offenses, crimes against children and violent crimes that may cause serious bodily injury or even death. Another provision of the bill outlines how the state would handle expungement requests for crimes committed before 1975 when Kentucky changed its penal code.

Final passage came after the Senate concurred with amendments the House made which included reducing the waiting period to apply for expungement from ten years to five years. Under the new language, any expungement would not become official until the applicant paid the processing fee, which was cut in half to $250.