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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Expungement Revisions Up for Final Vote

Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced A-5981, legislation to revise the laws for those seeking expungement of marijuana and other minor crimes. The bill reflects the major provisions of a similar bill that was sent to the Governor but was conditionally vetoed. The new legislation includes many of the Governor’s recommendations. The provisions of this legislation include: 

•    The waiting period before being able to seek an expungement for certain minor crimes is reduced from 6 to 5 years; and, lowers from 5 years to 4 years the waiting period for a public interest expungement;

•    The possession or distribution of 5 pounds or less of marijuana or 1 pound or less of hashish would be changed from a crime to a disorderly persons offense; and 

•    Eliminate the existing $75 filing fee for all expungement applications; the bill includes a $15 million appropriation for, among other things, the Administrative Office of the Courts to develop a web-based system for all expungement filings.    

The Senate companion legislation, S-4154, bypassed a committee reference and went immediately to 2nd reading in the Senate. Both bills are scheduled for final votes on Monday. 

 

Contact: Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, mcerra@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x120.


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