Drug law changes upset GOP lawmakers - Allows records to be sealed

Catharine Young

May 29, 2009


A group of Republican state lawmakers Thursday said they are unhappy about a new law that permits courts to seal the criminal records of certain drug felons so there will be no record of their conviction when the offender applies for a job.

“Cocaine dealers or crack heads could end up teaching your child at school, caring for your toddler at day care or attending to your sick grandmother in the nursing home as a result of this shocking new law that hides the past of criminals,” said State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean.

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