SECTION 1. Section 59 of chapter 265 of the General Laws, as so appearing in the 2020 Official Edition, as most recently amended by section 132 of the Acts of 2018, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “under” in the first instance the following words:- subsection (1) of section 30 or section 30A of chapter 266, or under
SECTION 2. Chapter 276 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 100U the following section:-
Section 100V. (a) In a case in which a plea of not guilty has been entered by a court pursuant to section 59 of chapter 265 and (i) the criminal complaint is subsequently dismissed; (ii) the defendant is found not guilty by a judge or a jury; (iii) a finding of no probable cause is made by the court; or (iv) a nolle prosequi has been entered, a judge shall, upon motion of the defendant, seal the court appearance and disposition recorded and the clerk and the probation officers of the courts in which the proceedings occurred or were initiated shall seal the records of the proceedings in their files. Sealed records shall not operate to disqualify a person in any examination, appointment, or application for public employment in the service of the commonwealth or of any political subdivision.
(b) An application for employment used by an employer that seeks information concerning prior arrests, convictions or adjudications of delinquency of the applicant shall include, in addition to the statement required under section 100A, the following statement: “An applicant for employment with a sealed record on file with the commissioner of probation may answer ‘no record’ with respect to an inquiry herein relative to prior arrests or criminal court appearances.” The attorney general may enforce this section by a suit in equity commenced in the superior court. Notwithstanding this section or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of probation or the clerk of courts in any district court, superior court, juvenile court or the Boston municipal court, in response to inquiries by authorized persons other than by a law enforcement agency or a court, shall, in the case of a sealed record, report that no record exists.
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