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Unions, lawmakers give ‘Clean Slate’ a final push

Posted 4/1/22

Elected officials and civil rights and union leaders rallied last week at the New York State Capitol building in an effort to push Governor Kathy Hochul and legislators to include the Clean Slate Act in the budget. 

The legislation would automatically seal conviction records for civic purposes after three years for misdemeanors and seven years for felonies. The vast majority of convictions would eventually be expunged. The bill would make it unlawful to inquire about a person’s record except in certain cases, such as in connection with firearms licensing or employment as a police officer. 

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