LANSING, Mich (AP) — People with drunken driving convictions would be added to an expungement program under a bill that was approved Wednesday in the Michigan House.
The legislation will go to the Senate.READ MORE: 15-Year-Old, Ethan Crumbley, Charged as a Adult in Tuesday's Shooting at Oxford High School
First-time drunken driving offenses weren’t part of an expungement law that was signed earlier this year by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Supporters say hundreds of thousands of people could benefit.READ MORE: GM To Build New North American Battery Materials Plant
In Michigan, an expungement clears the public record of a conviction so it does not appear in a background check. Police still keep a non-public record, but people would not have to disclose their criminal past on job applications or other forms.
Sen. Ed McBroom said one dumb mistake such as drunken driving shouldn’t impact a person for their rest of the life.MORE NEWS: 11-Year-Old Girl Goes Home After Surviving Beaver Island Plane Crash
“Everyone knows someone who has struggled with alcohol dependency, and anyone who has supported a friend or family member who has step-by-step reclaimed their lives is keenly aware that they have done the hard work to earn a second chance,” Chief Justice Bridget McCormack said earlier this month.
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