The Alaska House of Representatives voted 36-0, with four absent on Monday, to approve a bill that removes records from CourtView, the state’s online court records database. The House voted 32-4 last year to approve House Bill 11, but the Senate didn’t act until this year to vote on the measure. The Senate amended the bill to change the effective date to this year, which meant the House had to approve the Senate’s change with a vote that was largely a formality.
Assuming Gov. Bill Walker signs HB 11, CourtView records will be scrubbed after 60 days for people whose cases are dropped and dismissed, or if they are found innocent at trial. The records of their arrest and trial will still be kept in hard copy, but there will no longer be an easy way to discover that those records exist.