Texas legislators are considering approving a new law called the “second-chance” bill. The bill would seal criminal records for non-violent offenders of some crimes. The records wouldn’t be public so potential employers wouldn’t see the convictions.
The Senate passed the bill this week with previous House approval, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Senate made an amendment to the proposed bill to exclude sex/violence crimes. The House has to approve the bill again to accept the Senate’s changes.
Those convicted of felonies for possessing small amounts of marijuana are included in the bill. If the bill passes and isn’t vetoed by Governor Abbott, that conviction remains secret. Some drunk driving convictions are also included.