The records of those convicted of marijuana possession charges should be expunged if the state moves to legalize marijuana sales in New York, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wednesday said at an unrelated news conference.

“I think they should be expunged,” she said.

State lawmakers who support legalization are backing a new bill after the effort failed to be included in the final budget agreement this year. The new bill largely reflects what Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in his initial budget plan in January, which would consolidate marijuana regulation for retail sales, medical cannabis and hemp production under one agency.

Cuomo earlier this year proposed sealing records for marijuana-related convictions.

It’s not clear if the new bill will be enough to bring along skeptical Democrats in the Legislature who are concerned with traffic and public safety issues surrounding commercial marijuana sales.

“It was just this new iteration was just introduced and we have not had a conversation about that,” Stewart-Cousins said. “The conversations around marijuana are ongoing. I don’t know if we’ll have a resolution by the end of session, but obviously it’s an issue we’re paying attention to.”

Cuomo himself has publicly doubted the votes are available for marijuana legalization. He had initially proposed using a portion of the revenue generated by legal marijuana sales in New York City to be used toward raising capital for the MTA.

The debate has enveloped issues ranging from criminal justice law changes to how to regulate a relatively new commercial industry.

“I think part of is it’s a very big policy issues that will obviously set the stage for a brand new industry,” Stewart-Cousins said. “We want to make sure we learn from others who have done it and there’s always been the conversation about communities impacted by the previous prosecution of this very same product.”