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Ohio State Senator Shirley Smith wins Republican support of state law to seal felony convictions, protect juvenile records from discloure with help of Republican Governor John Kasich, who went from initially having no Blacks in his cabinet when taking office in 2011 to championing some Black causes, data show

Ohio State Senator Shirley Smith (D-22) Ohio Governor John Kasich (R-OH) By Kath y Wray Coleman, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com ( www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) and ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) COLUMBUS, Ohio-With the help of Republican Gov. John Kasich, who went from initially having no Blacks in his cabinet to championing some Black causes, Ohio state Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22) finally got the Republican controlled Ohio State Legislature to pass a state law that gives Ohio state and federal sentencing judges the extent of discretion to seal not violent criminal records of a single felony conviction, and one additional misdemeanor conviction if applied for, or two misdemeanor convictions. An amendment to the previous record sealing statute that allowed Ohio state and federal trial court judges to seal one and not two criminal convictions, either a misdemeanor or felony, and with a requirement that the person has onl