CHARLESTON– The West Virginia Senate’s Committee on Economic Development took steps this week to aid the state’s workforce.
The committee passed Senate Bill 76, known as the Second Chance for Employment Act.
SB 76 would expunge the criminal records of nonviolent offenders based on the severity of the crimes committed and offers a one-time record expunge after a trial period.
Eligibility for expungement, as outlined in text, includes any “nonviolent felony” with the exception of four certain convictions. ineligible convictions include: “felony crime of violence against the person,” a “felony offense wherein the victim was a minor child,” a “felony offense involving the use or exhibition of a firearm,” or a “felony involving possession of controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver to a minor.”
The bill, which was introduced in the 2016 session as SB 411, passed the senate unanimously but died in the house.