N.H. House committee retains criminal annulment bill due to mounting concerns
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Lawmakers hit the brakes Tuesday on a bill that would have allowed for some criminal defendants to petition the court to have their convictions wiped clean before fully paying restitution to their victims.
The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee voted unanimously to retain Senate Bill 311 for another year and continue working on it after prosecutors, victims advocates and court officials raised significant concerns in recent weeks about the proposal. While several amendments to the bill were put forward, lawmakers agreed Tuesday that they did not have the magic solution and still needed time to iron out the details.