May 02, 2005

Legislators act to fix sex crime law

Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic

By MARC POWERS ~ SEMO News Service
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Lawmakers are moving swiftly to rewrite the state law criminalizing sexual misconduct involving a child after the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday declared it unconstitutionally broad.

Within two days of the ruling, the Senate Judiciary Committee added a revision of the sexual misconduct statute to an omnibus crime bill sponsored by state Rep. Scott Lipke, R-Cape Girardeau.

"If they say it needs to be fixed, we are going to accommodate them," Lipke said.

The decision's timing is fortunate, Lipke said, as it gives lawmakers an opportunity for immediate action on the issue instead of having to wait until next year. The legislative session ends May 13.

Posted by kshaw at May 2, 2005 04:47 PM