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.


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