Police and court records; expungement hearing to occur if person granted writ vacating a conviction. (HB2076)

Introduced By

Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Expungement of police and court records. Allows an expungement hearing to occur immediately following an acquittal or dismissal. The bill also provides an automatic expungement if the convicted person has been granted a writ of actual innocence. Read the Bill »


03/19/2007: signed by governor


01/08/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 077729216
01/08/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2007Engrossed by House as amended HB2076E
02/05/2007Printed as engrossed 077729216-E
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2007Committee substitute printed 070752820-S1
02/19/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Read third time
02/20/2007Reading of substitute waived
02/20/2007Committee substitute agreed to 070752820-S1
02/20/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2076S1
02/20/2007Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2007Placed on Calendar
02/22/2007Senate substitute agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2076ER)
03/08/2007Signed by Speaker
03/11/2007Signed by President
03/19/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 465 (effective 7/1/07)
03/27/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0465)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB880.


Lloyd Snook writes:

This bill makes good sense, and will hold down the costs of getting an expungement. I have one concern though -- I wish there were some standard set forth as to when expungement would be granted. Right now the standard, de facto, is "It is important enough to me that I am willing to pay a lawyer a bunch of money to go into court, and to do a long,drawn-out process to get it done." That's not a very good standard, but it is better than nothing.