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Harrisburg, Pa. – Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (AFP-PA) today urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to act on legislation that would help Pennsylvanians charged with low-level, nonviolent crimes to obtain jobs and productively re-enter their communities once they have served their sentence. House Bill 1419, often referred to as the “Clean Slate” bill, would provide for the automatic sealing of criminal records for misdemeanors and charges not leading to convictions.
AFP-PA State Director Beth Anne Mumford issued the following statement:
“The Senate should act on this legislation with the urgency it deserves. Pennsylvania should be a place where people who deserve second chances, get them. Too few people in our state charged with low-level, nonviolent crimes get a fair shot at putting their lives back together after paying their debt to society.”
The House passed HB 1419, introduced by State Rep. Sheryl Dozier and championed by State Rep. Jordan Harris, in April of this year. The Senate unanimously passed Sen. Scott Wagner’s companion bill (SB 529) in 2017.
Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania will join a coalition of organizations on Monday, June 18, to rally in support of the “clean slate” legislation.
Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania in March sent a letter of support for HB 1419, urging members on the House Judiciary Committee to support the bill. The grassroots organization has, and will continue to, mount a digital campaign in support of the legislation.
For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or 703.887.7724
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org