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A plan to expand the state’s expungement laws passed out of the state House Tuesday.

The bills would add additional crimes to what can be taken off of a person’s record. Those include most traffic offenses and some actions involving marijuana that are now legal under the state’s recreational marijuana law.

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People seeking help expunging their records of misdemeanor marijuana convictions can get that help at a special event in Detroit Saturday.

The Expungement Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S Fort St. in Detroit.

Lauren Janes

Yvonne Hasson is hoping for a second chance.

Sitting at home in New Boston, Hasson wears her glasses low on her nose as she flips through a stack of legal documents. They’ve piled up over the last 15 years, ever since she was labeled a felon.

“This brings up a lot of bad memories,” she says, thumbing through the manila folders.

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How Hasson got here

Attorney General Dana Nessel
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The state Attorney General has recommendations for changes to bills on expunging criminal records. The bills are up for debate in the state Legislature.

At a Tuesday hearing in front of a House Judicial committee, Nessel said she is, overall, in support of expanding the state’s laws to set aside some crimes on a person’s criminal record.

But she had ideas that she said could improve the bills. One area of concern was a bill to automatically remove certain crimes from a person’s record after 10 years.