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Florida House passes bill expanding ability to expunge juvenile arrest records

The bill will be sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' office to be signed into law.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's House on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would expand a juvenile's ability to expunge their arrest record.

In a 117-0 vote, lawmakers approved SB 274, which allows minors who've completed a diversion program for any offense to have their arrest removed from their public record. 

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At the moment, Florida law only allows minors to expunge first-time misdemeanors if they've complete a diversion program. The new law, if passed, would broaden that to include felonies and other arrests – not just a first offense. 

A January staff analysis from Florida's Department of Law Enforcement has stated that 26,903 minors could qualify for expunction through a diversion program.

The bill will be sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' office to be signed into law.

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