Rep. Mia Jones

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Two Democratic lawmakers have filed a bill to make it easier for minors to have their records expunged.

Rep. Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) says getting a record expunged is particularly problematic for African American youth who want to do things, like get a job, go to school, or join the army—but can’t because of mistakes made when they were younger.

“It puts them in a situation where they become the marketplace for recidivism. And, we want to be able to help to clear their records once they become 18 as opposed to waiting until they’re mid-to-late 20s.”

New Bill Seeks to Amend Juvenile Criminal Record Laws

Jan 8, 2015

A new bill has been submitted for approval Thursday by state representative Mia Jones. The bill seeks to amend Florida’s policy on expunging charges from juvenile records.

As it stands, minors with criminal records who have been committed to a correctional facility must wait a maximum of five years after they turn 21 before their records can be expunged. Representative Mia Jones, of Jacksonville, has submitted an amendment Thursday morning to drop the age to 18.

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When Floridians of a certain age go for a health checkup, one lawmaker wants their doctors to be required to offer a hepatitis C test.  But House Speaker Will Weatherford is encouraging the bill sponsor to remove the mandate because insurance companies wouldn’t like it, she says.

Rep. Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) says Centers for Disease Control statistics about hepatitis C and baby boomers are compelling.

“Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C," she says.