For Immediate Release
February 25, 2019

Contact:
Bryan Grigg Utah House of Representatives
(385) 479-0835 | bgrigg@le.utah.gov

Representative Barlow Sponsors HB 212, Expungement Changes

SALT LAKE CITY (2/25/19) – Representative Stewart Barlow is sponsoring HB 212, Expungement Changes. This bill would prohibit public employers from asking about a job applicant’s expunged record. In addition, applicants that have expunged records would able to answer questions concerning their criminal record as though the action never occurred.

Currently, Utah law does not expressly prohibit companies from asking about an applicant’s expunged record as part of their application process. This legislation extends protections to people with expunged convictions by reaffirming Utah’s values of compassion and mercy and ensuring that people who qualify for expungement receive a proper second chance.

“People have to meet stringent requirements and demonstrate that they have made amends to receive an expungement,” said Rep. Barlow. “We need to make sure that when their crimes have been expunged, they can move forward without looking back.”

HB 212 passed the House unanimously and is currently in the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee.

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