Partners for Our Children

Sponsored by Senator Darneille, SB 5341 requests that the Washington Supreme Court adopt court rules authorizing courts to redact or seal nonconviction records and provide a process for removing information about nonconviction court records from public access. The bill also states that employers may not request or receive nonconviction records, or include a question about such records on an application for employment. There is an exception for positions that involve caring for children or vulnerable persons, as well as positions that are required by law to inquire into arrest records of applicants and employees. Landlords may not include a question about nonconviction records of a prospective tenant, receive that information through a criminal history background check, or reject an applicant on the basis of those records.