FAIRBANKS -

A bill before Gov. Sean Parnell would limit public access to records listing arrests of people in cases where they were acquitted or charges were dropped.

Easily accessible online court records have been used by employers and landlords as a screening tool.

Courts analyst Bill Rafferty tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Alaska's proposed privacy measure is one of a number around the country that would seal records and protect the privacy of the acquitted.

He says Wisconsin, Georgia and Maryland have recently considered or approved measures to expunge records of people who were arrested but not convicted.

Rafferty says North Dakota removes arrest records from online records searches but allows access at courthouses.

The Alaska bill was sponsored by Eagle River Republican Sen. Fred Dyson.