Legislation Would Prevent Some Felons from Running for Office

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 10, 2008

Democratic Assemblyman Hector De La Torre says under current law people convicted of crimes like bribery, misuse of public funds and voter fraud can’t run for public office. But he says expunging their records allows them to get around that. 

  “You know because if you get your record expunged and then you run for office no one will ever know that you were in fact a criminal.” 

De La Torre says the purpose of his bill is to close that loophole and prevent them from running for office—even if their record’s expunged.
The measure was just recently introduced and can be heard in committee later this month.  Maurice Emsellem with the National Employment Law Project in Oakland says he hasn’t seen the bill yet but notes there are already strict limits on expungement.