House Passes Several Bills Including Important Clean Slate UpdatesMay 17, 2023
The House of Representatives is in session often this time of year debating and voting on bills. It's a busy time, but it makes connecting with you all so very important, to hear your thoughts as we work to craft and attempt to pass bills. Please read below to see some of this week's highlights up to this point.
The House of Representatives passed HB 6918, which makes important clarifying and technical changes to the groundbreaking Clean Slate legislation signed into law in 2021. The new proposal can now be fully implemented and deliver on the promise of a fresh start for hundreds of thousands of people in education, employment and housing without the burden of a long-past criminal conviction.
Business organizations and chambers of commerce have lined up behind Clean Slate legislation in Connecticut and throughout the country, recognizing it as an economic driver by enhancing someone's ability to be gainfully employed, start a business and secure housing.
Outdated technology and outstanding legal and policy questions required updating to automatically erase criminal records of people seven years after the date of their conviction for a misdemeanor or 10 years after the date of their conviction for certain felonies if they have not been convicted of other crimes.
We also passed HB 6892 which puts teeth in municipal blight laws to increase the tools towns have to deal with abandoned, blighted and unsafe properties.
HB 6775 expands protections for seniors by increasing the number of mandated reporters for suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation or when a senior needs protective services. All of these bills now go to the Senate.