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HB20-1009 Suppressing Court Records Of Eviction Proceedings

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HB20-1009 Suppressing Court Records Of Eviction Proceedings (Winter (D)) [Jackson (D)]

Appropriation: None
Fiscal Impact: None

Goal: Keep mobile home park eviction or termination actions suppressed unless the plaintiff wins.

Description:

Requires the court to suppress court records related to an eviction proceeding or action for termination of a mobile park tenancy so they are not publicly available. If the plaintiff wins, the court must lift the suppression order unless both parties agree they should remain suppressed.

Additional Information: n/a

Auto-Repeal: None

Arguments For:

Landlords often use private screening companies to collect background information on potential tenants and these companies often look for criminal and civil case information. People who have had proceedings begin against them but won should not have to worry that future landlords are going to hold this against them.

Arguments Against:

This is a good idea but we shouldn’t leave out tenants in rental properties. The rationale behind protecting them is the same.

While we do live in an innocent before proven guilty society, we do not suppress court proceedings involving adults. The public has a vested interest in having this information available publicly, sometimes in order to ferret out abuses by people bringing charges or proceedings. The logic that is being applied here, that just being having proceedings initiated against you can bias people against you, applies to all sorts of judicial proceedings. But we rightly don’t shut out the public on those and shouldn’t here as well.

How Should Your Representatives Vote on HB20-1009