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Felony expungement legislation passes House Committee

House Bill 40 is backed by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Reps. Darryl Owens and David Floyd, and David Adkisson, President of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as an Economic Development Tool.

By Bradford Queen

FRANKFORT, KY (Wed 13 Jan 2016) - House Bill 40, legislation backed by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes that would extend Kentucky's expungement law to certain low-level felony offenses, passed the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee by an overwhelming margin today.

Grimes joined Reps. Darryl Owens (D-Louisville) and David Floyd (R-Bardstown), the bill's sponsors, and Dave Adkisson, president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, to formally endorse the legislation before the committee.

"I support this legislation not only on moral and social justice grounds, but because it just makes good sense," said Grimes. "It's time we say to the men and women who have paid their debts, atoned for their sins, and made amends, 'You are forgiven.'"

House Bill 40 enjoys vast support from Kentucky's business community. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the state's two largest local chambers of commerce have endorsed the bill. Grimes and the Chambers all cite workforce development issues as one of the central reasons for their support.

"Accessing qualified, skilled employees is the number one issue for job growth and economic development in Kentucky. But, because of a past mistake, many - thousands - of Kentuckians who want to work and have the necessary skills can't even get an interview," said Grimes. "With the economic and workforce challenges we face, it's time this legislation passes. It's time thousands of Kentuckians get a deserved second chance."

A movement is growing to pass House Bill 40. A coalition of social justice and faith-based organizations are voicing support for the legislation and their calls are being echoed by a bi-partisan coalition in the General Assembly.

The legislation now goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration. - News from Commonwealth News Center

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