State Senate kills bill to clear some convictions

JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers have killed a proposal to ease the process of erasing some felony convictions.

The Senate sent the bill back to a committee for more negotiations Wednesday — a move that killed the bill as lawmakers ended the first part of their session.

A version of the bill had passed the House Tuesday.

Mississippi law already allows people to have records cleared of first-time convictions for certain nonviolent crimes, such as shoplifting, that occur before they’re 26. The bill would’ve expanded the ability to have a record expunged to people convicted at any age. Certain offenses — drunken driving, crimes against children or illegal drug distribution — could not be removed.

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The bill is House Bill 619.

The Associated Press