Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisGOP mega-donor funding deployment of South Dakota troops to borderRoyal Caribbean cruises out of Florida to require unvaccinated passengers buy travel insuranceNoem to send 50 South Dakota National Guard troops to Texas borderMORE (R) vetoed a bill on Tuesday that would have allowed juveniles the ability to have their criminal records removed after successfully completing a behvaior program.
Senate Bill 274 would have allowed minors with a criminal record of any offense to have those arrest records expunged if they participated in a diversion program, according to the Tampa Bay Times. However, discretion would ultimately be left up to the law enforcement officer who came in contact with the juvenile, or the state attorney handling their case.
The legislation, if it had passed, would have effected over 27,000 juveniles with criminal records.
Currently, only juvenile misdemeanors are allowed to be expunged in Florida.
The bill passed with near unanimous support in both the GOP-led state House and Senate. However, DeSantis cited the bills negative impacts on public safety.”
SB 274 proposes to allow the expunction of a juveniles non-judicial arrest record following the completion of a diversion program for any offense, including a felony, DeSantis wrote. I have concerns that the unfettered ability to expunge serious felonies, including sexual battery, from a juveniles record may have negative impacts on public safety.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the veto on the bipartisan-supported bill shocked lawmakers.
I am, frankly, dumbfounded I dont understand why you wouldnt give an opportunity to a kid to remake their life, Sen. Annette Taddeo (D) and a co-sponsor of the bill said, according to Tampa Bay Times.