DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill that would expunge the records of people with not-guilty verdicts and dismissed criminal charges.
The Senate voted 42-0 Thursday for the bill. The chamber already had approved the bill but had to vote again after the House made changes, including adding a 180-day waiting period for the records to be expunged.
The House approved its version 96-0 Wednesday.
Current law allows such information to remain on a person’s records indefinitely. Supporters say the bill would help people applying for a job or renting a home, since those actions often require a background check.
The bill now heads to Gov. Terry Branstad. A spokesman says the governor will review the bill.