Police and court records; expungement and sealing of records, Expungement Fee Fund created. (SB1339)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Expungement and sealing of police and court records; Expungement Fee Fund created; protection of public record information; penalties. Establishes a process for the sealing of police and court records, defined in the bill, of criminal records for certain convictions, deferred dispositions, and acquittals and for offenses that have been nolle prossed or otherwise dismissed. The bill also allows a person to petition for the expungement of the police and court records relating to convictions of marijuana possession, underage alcohol or tobacco possession, and using a false ID to obtain alcohol and for deferred disposition dismissals for possession of controlled substances or marijuana, underage alcohol or tobacco possession, and using a false ID to obtain alcohol. The bill creates the Expungement Fee Fund, which is funded by all collected expungement fees. The bill provides that expungement fees shall not be refundable, but persons who are indigent or represented by court-appointed counsel shall not be required to pay such fees. The Fund is administered by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court and used to fund the costs of court-appointed counsel. The bill also requires a business that collects and sells or licenses the public record information of a consumer to implement security practices to protect the accuracy of a consumer's public record information, obtain express consent of a parent of a minor before selling the public record information of such minor, provide access to consumers to their own public record information that is held by the entity, refrain from maintaining or selling information that it knows to be inaccurate, and provide a means by which a consumer can opt out of the sale of his public record information. The bill provides that a violation could result in a civil penalty of up to $7,500 or damages to be awarded to a consumer. The bill also provides for the award of attorney fees and costs. With the exception of the provisions regarding the Expungement Fee Fund, and the funding provisions of such fund, the bill has delayed effective date of July 1, 2022. The bill directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services to adopt emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill. Read the Bill »


01/26/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100793D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/14/2021Impact statement from VCSC (SB1339)
01/26/2021Assigned Judiciary sub: Expungement


BilltheThrill writes:

More un-crime bills.
Will you resign when crime goes up?

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