TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A bill is heading to Florida Governor Rick Scott that, if signed, would seal the arrest records of hundreds of thousands of Floridians, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Should arrest records and charges for people not convicted of crimes be available on background checks? https://t.co/qlU0rtDXko— 10News WTSP (@10NewsWTSP) May 5, 2017
The bill, sponsored by Sarasota Sen. Greg Steube (R), is an attempt to remove all court records of people who were never convicted of a crime. The bill would automatically seal court records of people acquitted, found not guilty or had charges dropped or dismissed.
An open records advocacy group is asking Gov. Scott not to sign it for fear of hiding backgrounds of dangerous people. Charging documents would still be available, but the charges and arrests wouldn’t be called up on a background check.
You can read more on this bill on the Tampa Bay Times.