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Democrats call expungement provision ‘critical’ to marijuana legalization Democrats call expungement provision ‘critical’ to marijuana legalization

Democrats call expungement provision ‘critical’ to marijuana legalization

Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one chief county law enforcement official gave to the State Journal-Register for a story first published online Monday. At issue is the General Assembly’s legal authority to erase criminal records for those previously convicted of possession crimes.  

Opponents say bill would deter protesters of energy industries in Illinois Opponents say bill would deter protesters of energy industries in Illinois

Opponents say bill would deter protesters of energy industries in Illinois

Representatives of more than 50 groups statewide said during a news conference Tuesday morning at the Capitol that House Bill 1633 provides protections to “big industry” that could harm the environment and intimidate potential protesters. The legislation would create tougher penalties for intentional damage to critical infrastructure.

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