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House Oks bill to seal some crime records after time passes

February 13, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s House has approved legislation that would allow people convicted of some crimes to have their records sealed if they stay out of trouble for a few years.

The House voted to approve the bill 78-13 on Wednesday.

Fargo Republican Rep. Shannon Roers Jones sponsored the bill. She says the intent is to have it apply only to nonviolent and nonsexual offenses.

The bill would allow someone convicted of a misdemeanor to apply to have the offense sealed if they are not charged with a new crime for at least three years. Someone convicted of a felony may apply if they are not charged with a new crime for at least five years.

Roers Jones says the sealing of records is not automatic, and courts would make the determination.

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