BISMARCK, N.D. - A Fargo lawmaker says her record sealing bill gives people a second chance.
The bill would allow someone to petition the court to seal his or her criminal record after three years for a misdemeanor and five years for a felony. But the person cannot have any other run-ins with law enforcement and certain offenses are not eligible.
"We're trying to keep from putting people in jail because we're mad at them and giving them opportunities to rehabilitate their lives and become more productive members of society," said Rep Shannon Roers Jones, R-Fargo.
The House passed a different bill about sealing DUI records. It's not clear how the two will work together.