- Associated Press - Friday, March 13, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a bill granting a clean slate to people convicted of certain non-violent crimes.

In a 46-0 vote, with one senator absent, lawmakers approved the Maryland Second Chance Act of 2015 on Friday.

The bill would allow people who have served their sentences- including probation and parole- and have maintained clean records for three years, to apply to have records related to non-violent misdemeanors made inaccessible to the public.

The crimes range from disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, to trespassing, possession and prostitution.

Concern had been raised about situations where criminal histories are a factor in hiring, but lead sponsor Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery County, says the records would still be accessible within the criminal justice system.

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