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Sen. Champion on Minnesota expungement laws

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Sen. Bobby Joe Champion
Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, presented a bill he sponsored on gun possession and penalties during a gun control hearing at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.
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Minnesota judges will be able to permanently seal the criminal records of reformed offenders under legislation that Gov. Mark Dayton signed last month. Judges were already allowed to expunge court records, but not those collected by state agencies. That information frequently surfaces in background checks for jobs and housing. 

State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, says the new law will help remove barriers for Minnesotans who are improving their lives. He joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the law.