With less than a week to go before state lawmakers adjourn likely for the rest of the year, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sunday said she is confident an agreement can be reached to seal many criminal records. 

The proposal, known as the Clean Slate Act by its supporters, has come close to passing in prior legislative sessions and has been a long-sought goal for supporters of changing New York's criminal justice laws. 

Republican lawmakers, however, have questioned the efficacy of doing so given voter polls showing New Yorkers want to address crime and public safety.

Nevertheless, the Democratic leadership of the Legislature and the governor are supportive of sealing criminal records with an eye toward giving people who have been convicted of a crime a better opportunity to get a job or housing. 

"I've supported Clean Slate, but there's some technical changes," Hochul told reporters on Sunday in New York City. "We want to make sure we exclude certain kinds of crimes and make sure the length of time is proper."

Lawmakers have proposed sealing criminal records after three years for misdemeanors and after seven years for felonies, not counting time in prison where probation and parole is completed and no charges are pending.

Hochul added she is "confident we'll be able to work something out that's good for the people of this state."

The legislative session is scheduled to end on June 8. 

Supporters have estimated up to 2 million people could benefit from the measure if adopted. 

But Republicans have charged the proposal could prove dangerous. 

"I think it’s a very dangerous proposal, because there are some jobs out there that you want to know some peoples’ backgrounds," said Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay earlier this year.