Missouri lawmakers could excuse the past mistakes of low risk sex offenders.
Wrap: The bill would allow sexual offenders deemed as low-risk to petition the court for removal from the sex offenders registry.
Republican Representative Don Phillips says the bill would attract sexual offenders to move into the state, in hopes of getting off the registry.
Columbia Democratic Representative Chris Kelly says the bill is the most courageous act of the year.
|Description: "The gentleman does not let sexual predators run loose. He is dealing with the problems at the lower end of the spectrum, that cost the government a lot of money and don't make any sense"|
Sex offenders may be allowed to go off the public sexual offenders list, after the House approved a new sex offender bill.
Wrap: The bill would allow sexual offenders deemed as low-risk to petition and get off the sexual offender registry in as little as five years.
Republican Representative Don Phillips says the bill attracts sex offenders to Missouri, in hopes of removing their names from this public list.
The bill would divide sexual offenders into three tiers which would be determined by the Department of Mental Health.
St. Louis County Republican Representative Marsha Haefner says the bill puts too much strain on the department.
|Description: "The department of mental health have very few people who are even qualified to do this type of assessment and they believe we are setting up a process that will eventually fail."|
The House passed the bill.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Michael Doudna.