Supporting SB391 to reform PA Expungement Law

Author: Bill Franklin

Senate Bill 391 Held Over Until Wednesday

Tuesday, October 15 2013

The Senate was schedule to vote on SB 391 today, but the bill was held over until Wednesday. Senate insiders are optimistic that the entire Senate will vote the bill on this week. Attorney Mathew Higbee says that he expects the bill to pass by a strong majority. “SB 391 makes for good law and it passed with unanimous support in committee. I would be shocked if it did not receive the majority of votes needed for passage and even surprised if it did not receive more than forty votes in support.”

The Pennsylvania Senate is comprised of 50 Senators. Assuming that all members vote, 26 votes in support are needed to approve the bill. If approved, Senate Bill 391 will need to be approved by the State House and then the governor.

Expungement Bill Gets Unanimous Support In Appropriations Committee

Monday, June 17 – Harrisburg, PA. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 391 today. The bill, which is sponsored by Senator Tim Solobay, will expand the eligibility for expungement of criminal records to include some low-level misdemeanors.

The next step for the bill is a vote by the full Senate on the senate floor. Mathew Higbee, an attorney and former political consultant who tracks expungement bills nationwide, says that he would expect that the bill will be supported by the full Senate. “It is rare for a bill to be rejected in a full floor vote after it gets unanimous support by a bi-partisan committee,” said Higbee.

The Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi controls the schedule for the floor vote.  Those who support the bill are encouraged to call Senator Pileggi and let him know that you support SB 391, the expungement bill. Senator Pillegi can be reached at 717-787-4712 or via email through his web site at