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.
The bill is House Bill 619.
The Associated Press