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          Date of Hearing:   April 13, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          1843 (Mark Stone) - As Introduced February 9, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill prohibits a public or private employer from asking  
          about, or using as a factor in determining a condition of  
          employment, information concerning an arrest or detention that  
          did not result in juvenile court actions or that has been  
          judicially dismissed or ordered sealed. 










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          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor/absorbable costs to the Department of Industrial  
          Relations.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. Current law, as authorized under SB 530 (Wright)  
            Chapter 721, Statutes of 2013, protects the records of adults  
            who have had arrests that did not lead to conviction, and  
            adults who have had their records ordered or automatically  
            sealed, from disclosure by potential employers during the  
            hiring process.  This bill provides juveniles the same  
            protections against employer inquiries into criminal histories  
            as adults. 


          2)Background. Minors who have been found by a judge in juvenile  
            court to have committed a violation of the criminal law  
            (adjudicated delinquent) may petition the court to have their  
            records sealed unless they were found to have committed  
            certain serious offenses.  A person may have his or her  
            juvenile court records sealed by petitioning the court five  
            years or more after the jurisdiction of the juvenile court has  
            terminated over the person adjudged a ward of the court or  
            after the minor appeared before a probation officer, or, in  
            any case, at any time after the person has reached the age of  
            18.  Once the court has ordered records sealed or dismissed,  
            the proceedings in the case are deemed never to have occurred,  
            and the person may reply accordingly to any inquiry about the  
            events.  


            Considering the negative effect that criminal records may have  
            on job seekers' employment prospects, the author states this  
            bill will provide much needed relief to youth and adults who  








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            have paid their debts to society and are seeking to improve  
            their lives. 





          Analysis Prepared by:Misty Feusahrens / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081