Senate OKs bill allowing juvenile records to be erased

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s policy of letting some wrongdoers erase their criminal records would be extended to its youthful violators under a bill that has cleared the state Senate.

The bill passed the Senate on a 37-0 vote Thursday and now goes to the House.

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The measure follows last year’s action by Kentucky lawmakers to give some convicted felons the opportunity to have their records wiped clean.

Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville says his bill would create a similar process for people to erase juvenile records.

The Senate’s action Thursday was praised by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. Brooks says the bill would help youths who stay out of trouble have brighter futures.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 195.

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