HB21-1214 (Weissman/Coleman & Lee) Record Sealing Collateral Consequences Reduction
This bill would open the process to file motions for relief from collateral consequences, increase access to representation in record sealing proceedings by creating the sealing defense fund, and create an automated sealing process for many arrest records that do not lead to a charge ever being filed.
The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports this bill because it will promote economic well-being and housing security for Colorado kids and families. An estimated 60,000 children in Colorado have experienced the incarceration of a parent. It is estimated that half of the children in the U.S. have at least one parent with a criminal record. This bill will remove barriers to employment, housing and economic opportunity for families involved in the criminal justice system by making the system more equitable, fair and accessible, and will allow families involved in the criminal justice system to move on with their lives.
Passed third reading in the Senate on a vote of 24-11 and now heads to the Governor for signature.
April 23, 2021
Passed out of the House Judiciary Committee as amended on a vote of 7-4. It now heads to the House Finance Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on Thursday, Apr. 29 upon adjournment. You can listen online here. Sarah Barnes, our Manager of Special Policy Initiatives, submitted written testimony in support.