Nixon signs legislation that expands definition of rape

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | 8:39 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that supporters say will strengthen laws on prosecuting and punishing sexual offenses.

The governor vetoed legislation on fees for certain types of loans and on voting by elected officials during public meetings.

In expanding the definition of forcible rape, the bill signed Tuesday adds a classification as sex with a person who is incapacitated, incapable of consent or lacking the capacity to consent.

The legislation also renames some sexual offenses and categorizes them into tiers, which allows for a jury to convict a defendant of a lesser offense.

Nixon killed a bill that would have raised the fees that lenders could charge for payday, title and consumer installment loans. The Democratic governor said the bill would have helped payday lenders increase their profits at the expense of people struggling with debt.

Nixon was also critical of a bill to allow certain elected officials cast votes by videoconference rather than in person during public meetings without showing a good reason for doing so. He says officials may use technology to participate in meetings but should be expected to show up for votes.


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