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.
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