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Mon August 19, 2013
Mo. sex offender registry may be overhauled
Letting juveniles seek removal from Missouri's sex offender registry is a target for a possible veto override when lawmakers return to the state Capitol in several weeks.
Few voted against the legislation, but Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon called the measure overbroad and said it would "reduce public safety and fail to protect the rights of victims." House Speaker Tim Jones said this past week it is "ripe for an override."
Under the legislation people who were younger than 18 when they committed a sex offense would not appear on public notification websites operated by law enforcement officials. In addition, those who committed their crime as juveniles eventually could petition the courts for removal from the state registry.