Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover — a law-and-order conservative leader and chairman of the Senate’s Republican caucus — acknowledged to the Senate Courts of Justice committee on Wednesday that historically he has been reluctant to support legislation expanding expungement of criminal offenses.
But McDougle, a lawyer and a legislator since 2002, said he’s begun to see on a daily basis that the real-life impact of some laws passed in the General Assembly is far more significant than what lawmakers intended. He noted that one of his clients, a medical student, had trouble getting a residency because of one charge of underage possession of alcohol.
Of course, there should not be an absolute prohibition of alcohol for those 18-20 years old – that was the result of meddling by the Federal Government egged on by do-gooders – that is a pure state issue. But this bill shows vision. Thanks Senator McDougle!
Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders