SB 977

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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Royce West

Bill Caption

Relating to the procedure used to petition for an order of nondisclosure of criminal history record information.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication is anticipated on the State or local governments.

Bill Analysis

Summary: An individual who has completed deferred adjudication probation may, after a period of time, petition the court for an order of nondisclosure. An order of nondisclosure prevents the relevant records from being included in most criminal background searches. SB 977 would expand access to courts for this purpose by allowing individuals to file an application for an order of nondisclosure in person, by mail, or electronically.

Analysis: Experts have noted that there are a significant number of people who have successfully completed deferred adjudication probation but have not petitioned the court for an order of nondisclosure. Nondisclosure can help people to not be stigmatized by their past, and therefore be better able to gain employment and have standing in their community. By increasing access to the courts, more people will be able to petition for, and be granted an order of nondisclosure. We support SB 977.