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Missouri Update

On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, the Missouri House endorsed changes to
their sex offender registry, allowing petitions for removal. The
Missouri General Assembly is pursuing this change despite the risk of
coming out of SORNA compliance. “Sponsoring Rep. Rodney Schad said
the registry must be sufficiently narrow to be a notification tool and
not additional punishment. In recent years, lawmakers have expanded
the public sex offender registry … We’ve piled on (offenders) to the
point that the registry no longer means anything to the public,” said
Schad, R-Versailles. “The public has become numb to the registry.”

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/950e2b5770fc42e892734179ccb9d5c3/MO-XGR–Sex-Offenders/

Missouri House endorses changes to sex offender registry, allows
petitions for removal

CHRIS BLANK Associated Press

First Posted: March 27, 2012 – 11:16 pm

Last Updated: March 27, 2012 – 11:17 pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Republican-led Missouri House gave first
round approval Tuesday to legislation that would allow some people
eventually to be removed from the state’s sex offender registry.

Sponsoring Rep. Rodney Schad said the registry must be sufficiently
narrow to be a notification tool and not additional punishment. In
recent years, lawmakers have expanded the public sex offender
registry.

“We’ve piled on to the point that the registry no longer means
anything to the public,” said Schad, R-Versailles. “The public has
become numb to the registry.”

Under the legislation, several offenses no longer would require state
registration, including promoting obscenity and furnishing
pornographic materials. In other cases, people could petition a state
trial judge to be removed if they meet certain requirements. Petitions
for removal could be filed after 20 years for those convicted of
particularly serious offenses such as forcible rape, forcible sodomy
or child molestation — crimes that Schad labeled as the “seven
deadly sins.” People convicted of other sex offenses would need to
wait 10 years before they could seek removal.

The local prosecutor, who would need to be notified by the person
making the request, could present evidence suggesting some
requirements for removal had not been met. Prosecutors also would need
to make “reasonable efforts” to notify the victim of the sex offense
of the dates and times for court hearings on the petition. Requests
for removal would be granted unless the person has not properly
registered, committed another offense requiring registration or failed
to complete probation and sex offender treatment programs.

Lawmakers endorsed the legislation by voice vote during an evening
session with few people watching from the public galleries. The
measure needs another vote before moving to the state Senate. There
was little apparent opposition to the measure, and Schad said the
legislation was discussed at night to avoid conducting the debate in
front of the many children who visit the state Capitol during the day
on school field trips.

Besides allowing people to be removed from the registry,

the
legislation also would exclude juveniles who are required to register
as sex offenders from the public list posted online.

EXCELLENT!!!!

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Links for posts I have up about Missouri… We did a call to action and Missouri was put together new legislation… They clearly heard the message and responded! Another One small step!!

https://kansaslaw.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/one-small-step-in-missouri-article-posted-on-stltoday-com/?preview=true&preview_id=326&preview_nonce=1dc579cf2e

https://kansaslaw.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/for-our-friends-in-missouri-a-call-to-action-concerning-hjr0083/?preview=true&preview_id=301&preview_nonce=3e83982340

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One comment on “Missouri Update

  1. In Indiana we can petition to get off the registry in 10 years…..They make it so hard that no one is getting off! Even if registrants hire attorneys……it’s sad!

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