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Missouri House committee considers updating sex offender registry

State lawmakers are talking about updating the Missouri’s sex offender registry to be more in line with the federal system.

Under the proposal, three tiers of offenses would be created, corresponding with how serious the crime was, the 3rd, being the most heinous.

State Rep. Kurt Bahr, R – St. Charles, is sponsoring the bill, saying it’s to make the registry more effective.

First and second level offenders could petition the courts to be taken off the registry after 10 and 25 years respectively.

Top tier offenders would be on it for life, as would anyone who repeats their crime while on the list.

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