A joint resolution that would put 4 thousand 800 sexual offenders back on Missouri's sex offender registry passed in the Senate despite heated debate over its consequences for certain sexual offenders.
Some senators expressed concern over the so-called "Romeo and Juliet situation." Jackson County Republican Matt Bartle said he didn't want teenagers engaging in consensual sex to be on the registry.
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Bartle recommended post-pubescent females start at age 14.
From the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Beitsch, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.
The Missouri Senate voted strongly to pass a joint resolution that expands the sex offender registry to include crimes committed before 1995.
But some senators were concerned that adding to the list even more statutory cases between teenagers close in age would give people the wrong idea.
Republican Senators Charlie Shields and Kevin Engler:
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Description: "When people look at this list it is so meaningless because it has so many names on it. And there are so many circumstances as I described where folks have committed a statutory crime."
"They don't know who to be scared of."
"They don't know who to be scared of and who not to be scared of."
The joint resolution must pass the House before heading to the Missouri ballot.
From Jefferson City, I'm Rebecca Beitsch, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.