Senate Bill 91 would protect children from registered sex offenders. This legislation seeks to prohibit sex offenders from being present or loitering within 500 feet of athletic complexes or facilities that exist primarily for use by children, a Missouri Department of Conservation nature or education center property.

This senate bill also addresses caller ID spoofing. This is when a caller deliberately provides false caller ID information to deceive call recipients. In the end, it would make caller ID spoofing a class E felony.

Senate Bills 53 and 60 are police reform bills, our priority measures for the year. This proposal would expand the pool of qualified applicants allowed to work for the Kansas City Police Department by removing existing police officer residency requirements. Officers could live within 30 miles of the city limits of Kansas City, but only in Missouri.

In addition, SB 53 would ensure individuals who provide tips to any Crime Stoppers organization would not be required to testify on, or produce records of, their confidential communication.

This specific bill would also ban all Missouri police officers from using respiratory chokeholds, unless deadly force is authorized under existing state law. This includes using any body part or object to apply pressure to a person’s neck in order to control or restrict their ability to breathe.

All three of these bills have passed through the Missouri Senate and are now in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, represents District 12 in the Missouri Senate. His constituency includes part of Clay County including Kearney. Hegeman can be reached at (573) 751-1415 or dan.hegeman@senate.mo.gov.

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