- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska House approved legislation Wednesday that would remove certain records of criminal cases from the online court-records system known as CourtView.

The vote was 34-5. Notice of reconsideration was given, meaning that HB 11 could be voted on again before advancing to the Senate.

The bill calls for the removal from the online court system of records from criminal cases in which a defendant was acquitted on all charges; all charges against a defendant were dismissed and not dismissed as part of a plea bargain; or a defendant was acquitted on some charges and others were dismissed. The provision noting that the dismissal could not be part of a plea bargain was agreed to on the floor.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tammie Wilson, said paper files would remain available.

Wilson, R-North Pole, has said CourtView can be difficult to navigate, creating confusion over the final disposition of cases. She said that has affected some people getting jobs or apartments.

Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage, raised questions about the ease of access to the information for reporters, people seeking caretakers for children or parents and others, should the bill move forward.

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