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Published February 17, 2014, 08:12 PM

Minnesota lawmakers debate clearing criminal records for low-level offenders

Minnesota state legislators are mulling revisions to laws designed to give low-level offenders a clean slate.

Minnesota state legislators are mulling revisions to laws designed to give low-level offenders a clean slate.

In a preview of the debate Monday, a special House-Senate working group struggled to reach consensus on what types of crimes should be eligible and whether the underlying records would truly get wiped away. The discussion is driven in part by arguments that long-ago infractions shouldn't impair employment and housing searches for years to come.

One dividing line is whether a revised process should pertain to misdemeanors only or also include some felonies.

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