For Immediate Release:                                                                                                                                 June 17, 2021

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Rep. Petryk Applauds Passage of Expungement Reform Legislation

Madison - State Representative Warren Petryk (R-Town of Washington), Chair of the Assembly Workforce Development Committee, released the following statement regarding the passage of the “Pathways to Employment Act” which he co-authored, that reforms Wisconsin’s expungement process to enable non-violent offenders who have completed their criminal sentences a greater opportunity to join the workforce.

“As our state continues to battle workforce shortages, it is imperative that we do all we can to provide individuals the tools they need to return to the workforce,” said Representative Petryk. “The current, outdated expungement process has prevented many rehabilitated individuals a chance to show their abilities to make valuable contributions to their community and Wisconsin’s economy.”

Assembly Bill 69, which passed the Assembly unanimously, would reform the outdated expungement process by removing arbitrary time-limits, defining the meaning of a completed sentence and providing both employees and employers with more clarity on background disclosures on employment applications while not expanding the current list of eligible crimes available for expungement.

“This bill is another piece of the workforce puzzle that includes my work to increase funding for corrections workforce programs that give individuals the workforce skills they need before leaving the corrections system to make sure they succeed,” said Representative Petryk. “Today’s vote will give more individuals the opportunity to succeed, which benefits everyone.”