Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Have a felony conviction? Running for office? New bill would force disclosure.

 Felony convictions will have to be disclosed, but only if they occurred in the last 10 years.

A candidate for office would have to reveal any felony convictions in the previous 10 years under a bill that unanimously passed the House Elections and Ethics committee Tuesday.

Article here. 

As a side note, people applying to the state Bar of Michigan must disclose this as well, including misdemeanor convictions, regardless of how old the convictions are. It's part of the character & fitness portion of the state bar application. So that means there's more transparency for becoming a lawyer than for being an elected official.

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