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Thursday, March 27, 2008


The Senate on March 25 approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would require more than 4,300 sex offenders with old convictions to register with the state. The amendment seeks to reverse a 2006 Missouri Supreme Court ruling that sex offenders don't have to register if they were convicted before the registry law took effect in 1995.

The court based it ruling on the state constitutional provision that prohibits retrospective application of laws. SJR 34 sponsored by state Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, would specifically allow retrospective laws requiring sex offenders to register or prohibiting sex offenders from living near schools. If also passed by the House of Representatives, the measure would go on the statewide ballot in November.

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