Missouri lawmaker Vicky Hartzler targets sex offenders in military

Friday, June 24, 2011 | 4:52 p.m. CDT; updated 3:36 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler wants to bar some sex offenders from being buried in national cemeteries.

Hartzler said her legislation would prevent military veterans convicted of sexual abuse of children from being buried in Arlington National Cemetery. It also would ban them from being buried in other national or state veterans' cemeteries and prevent them from receiving certain funeral honors.

A spokesman for Hartzler said the legislation was filed Friday and has 38 co-sponsors.

Hartzler, a Republican, said she came up with the idea from a town hall forum in Osceola, where a constituent described how her father had sexually abused her but was buried with honor in a national cemetery.

Hartzler is calling the bill the "Hallowed Grounds Act."


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