Missouri Lawmakers Propose Amendment Forcing All Sex Offenders to Register

MARCH 12, 2007 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Several Missouri lawmakers are pushing a constitutional amendment that would force sex offenders convicted before the state registry law took effect in 1995 to register.

That comes after nearly 4,000 sex offenders were knocked off the list by a Missouri Supreme Court decision last year.

Republican Senator Jason Crowell and Democratic Senator Maida Coleman are part of a bipartisan group backing the amendment.

Crowell says the change should be made to reflect the lawmaker's intentions when the registry law was originally enacted. Coleman says the change would help the public by forcing sex offenders to list their whereabouts.

The proposed constitutional change would only affect the offender registry statute.

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