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Crime bill moves forward in Missouri Senate


A Missouri Senate committee voted to move a crime bill to the full Senate on Wednesday.

The bill hits several of Gov. Mike Parson's priorities for the special session on violent crime.

If passed, the bill would create a "Pretrial Witness Protection Services Fund" for public safety departments to use to help protect witnesses to crime who come forward.

The bill would also let judges decide if someone between the ages of 12 and 17 should be tried as an adult for crimes that would be considered felonies for adults.

A requirement that city police officers live within the city limits where they serve would be removed as well.

Missouri senators will continue the special session at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Missouri House of Representatives will return to the capitol at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Brittany Wiley

Brittany Wiley joined ABC 17 News in December 2018 as a full-time reporter. She anchors weekend morning broadcasts and reports in the early evening during the week.


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  1. This bill has some good provisions:
    Charging kids who go around shooting people as adults is long overdue. The shooters are getting younger and younger since they have no father to emulate, they take after the older bad guys.
    Allowing police to live outside the city limits where they work is a good thing to. It will let the St. Louis City cops live in a nicer neighborhood than the rapidly declining feces hole of St. Louis. Why would anyone want to be a cop there anyway with the socialist prosecutor refusing to file charges?

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