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Missouri lawmakers say criminal code overhaul must wait

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 7:32 a.m. CDT; updated 7:20 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 16, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — With time running out on the legislative session, The Missouri Bar and state lawmakers are acknowledging that an overhaul of the state's criminal laws won't cross the finish line.

But that group pledged Wednesday to push for the criminal code revision next year when lawmakers have more time.

The measure is the product of a Missouri Bar committee charged with updating the criminal code for the first time since 1979. It would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors and give judges more flexibility in sentencing.

Democratic Sen. Jolie Justus of Kansas City is one of the overhaul's sponsors. She said time ran out to pass the 1,000-page bill this year.

Missouri lawmakers end their annual session at 6 p.m. Friday.


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