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Spokesman: Whitmer will sign expungement bills

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (pictured here on Sept. 16)
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she will sign bills that will make it easier for thousands of first-time DUI offenders to clear their records.

Gretchen Whitmer will sign bills that would make it easier for thousands of first-time DUI offenders to clear their records. The bills were adopted Tuesday by the Legislature, and sent to her desk.

In January, to the surprise of many, the governor allowed a similar legislation to die without her signature. That’s despite the fact it was adopted by the Legislature with wide bipartisan support and the expectation she would sign it.

Her spokesman Bobby Leddy noted the governor has supported expungement bills in the past, including bills to help clear marijuana convictions from criminal records.

“The governor looks forward to signing this legislation to get things done that will make a difference in the lives of Michiganders across the state,” he said.

This legislation adopted this week gives more guidance to judges to help determine whether offenders have complied with the conditions that would allow an expungement deal.