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The Arkansas Senate on Thursday sent to the governor legislation that would speed the time it takes for courts to grant a request to seal a criminal record.

The Senate voted 35-0 to approve House Bill 1016 by Rep. Sarah Capp, R-Ozark.

The measure would allow judges to grant uniform petitions to seal a criminal record 30 days after the prosecutor was served with the petition. Under current law, courts must wait at least 90 days.

[RELATED: Complete Democrat-Gazette coverage of the Arkansas Legislature]

Capp has said that the bill would help people reintegrate into society, and that she was unaware of anyone who opposed the bill.

-- Michael R. Wickline

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