5 people stand in a row, posing for the camera together. They are all smiling and wearing red shirts that say "civil survival" on them
Members of Civil Survival pose together at Poverty Action’s 2019 Lobby Day

We’re happy to report that a modified version of House Bill 2793 — commonly known as the Clean Slate Act– was passed into law this year. While the original version of this bill, which we advocated for, would have installed a system of automatic record clearing for certain felonies and misdemeanors, the bill language was changed partway through session. The version that ultimately passed has appropriated funding toward a study of how automatic record clearing would work in the state’s court system, and will allow a pilot program in one county after the study is completed. This study and pilot program will therefore inform the efficacy of expanding automatic record clearing statewide.