California pushes to get rid of criminal records for millions who have served their sentences

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Many people with arrest records have a hard time finding housing and getting a job. Now there’s a bill in the California legislature that would help them put their rap sheets behind them. It would clear the arrest records and convictions of millions of defendants. People who do background checks, like employers and landlords, would no longer be able to see those records. Only law enforcement would have access. San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced AB 1076.