For Immediate Release
August 17, 2021
Bipartisanship continues to prevail on criminal justice reform with Legislature’s final passage of OWI expungement
HBs 4219 and 4220 now head to Gov. Whitmer’s desk for her signature
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Michigan House’s final passage today of House Bills 4219 and 4220, legislation that would allow residents to have first-time operating while intoxicated offenses expunged five years after their monitoring by the justice system ends. The statement can be attributed to League External Affairs Director Alex Rossman.
“After passing sweeping criminal record expungement and a number of other significant criminal justice reforms last session, Michigan lawmakers have carried that momentum forward and continued to successfully work together across the aisle with today’s passage of OWI expungement bills. These bills were thoughtfully crafted to address the varying concerns and considerations around this issue while ultimately allowing hundreds of thousands of Michiganders with one OWI offense to move on from their momentary mistake. With this new law, policymakers continue to open new doors to opportunity for state residents and acknowledge—and relieve—the problematic consequences of a criminal record long after a sentence is served, a lesson is learned and a behavior is changed.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.