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Legislation breaks down barriers to opportunity
Harrisburg, Pa. – Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (AFP-PA) today applauded the state House for passing legislation that would help Pennsylvanians charged with low-level, nonviolent crimes obtain jobs and productively re-entering a community 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 now urges the Senate, which unanimously passed Sen. Scott Wagner’s companion bill (SB 529) in 2017, to swiftly approve the House measure and send it to the desk of Gov. Wolf, who has signaled support for “Clean Slate” legislation.
“Too many people in our state charged with low-level, nonviolent crimes don’t get a fair chance to put their lives back together and experience our state’s promise after paying their debts. Pennsylvania should be a place where those who deserve opportunities get them,” said AFP-PA State Director Beth Anne Mumford. “This legislation would break down barriers to opportunity for folks who deserve second chances, and we thank Reps Sheryl Delozier and Jordan Harris for their leadership on this issue.”
Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania and partner organization Generation Opportunity 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