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Bill on expunging criminal records clears Senate

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By Milan Simonich, Santa Fe New Mexican

Committing a crime might be easy enough. Getting a criminal record expunged in New Mexico is more difficult than almost anywhere in the West.

Now that is close to changing. The New Mexico Senate on Wednesday voted 28-13 for a bill clearing the way for both the wrongly accused ­— and those who committed certain crimes — to petition a court for expunction of those records.
The proposal, House Bill 370, probably would be most important to people convicted of drug offenses or lower-level property crimes.


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