Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a package of bills designed to reform the state’s process for expunging past criminal convictions. The ‘Clean Slate’ bills, as the legislative package of six measures is known, was passed by Michigan lawmakers last month.
“This is a historic day in Michigan. These bipartisan bills are a game-changer for people who are seeking opportunities for employment, housing, and more, and they will help ensure a clean slate for hundreds of thousands of Michiganders,” Democrat Whitmer said in a press release. “This is also an opportunity to grow our workforce and expand access to job training and education for so many people. I am proud to sign these bills today alongside Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist and many of the bipartisan leaders who worked on them.”
The Clean Slate bills include a measure that allows for the expungement of previous convictions for marijuana offenses no longer illegal under state law. Michigan voters approved legislation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis in 2018 and legal retail sales began in the state late last year.
Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, also a Democrat, said the bills would help reduce the collateral damage that comes with convictions for minor