On February 3, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) joined as the 4th cosponsor of the Harnessing Opportunities by Pursuing Expungement (HOPE) Act (H.R. 6129). The bill is awaiting action in the House Judiciary Committee.
On January 11, 2022, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK) joined Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as co-sponsors of the HOPE Act. The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee in December. No action further action has been scheduled.
On December 2, Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Harnessing Opportunities by Pursuing Expungement (HOPE) Act of 2021. The stated purpose of the bill is “To authorize the Attorney General to make grants to States and units of local government to reduce the financial and administrative burden of expunging convictions for cannabis offenses, and for other purposes.”
The bill authorizes the Attorney General to approve funding to state and local governments for the following expungement-related purposes:
- for technology to provide cost-effective legal relief at scale;
- to automate the process of expunging convictions for cannabis offenses;
- for clinics, including legal clinics, that assist individuals through the expungement process;
- to implement the notice requirement described in subsection
- to seal records of conviction for cannabis offenses, if appropriate; and
- for other innovative partnerships to provide wide-scale relief to individuals who are eligible for the expungement of a conviction for a cannabis offense under the laws of the State.
The bill (H.R. 6129) was referred to the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The committee approved Nadler’s own Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement (MORE) Act on September 30. The MORE Act has yet to be scheduled for debate by the full House.
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