ROANOKE (WSLS10) - In Virginia, it only takes a theft totaling $200 to put a felony on your record for life. But a new bipartisan bill hopes to change that.
Delegate Sam Rasoul is cosponsoring a bill which would raise the felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500.
Instead of being labeled as a felon, the offenders would have a misdemeanor on their record.
Rasoul says the bill would make it easier for ex-offenders to get a job by removing the stigma of having a felony conviction.
Rasoul also says the bill is supported by the community.
According to a Citizen's Assembly survey, 80% of respondents support raising the threshold.