MISSOURI IS GOING AFTER SEX OFFENDERS (Court ruling removed 4,000 from registry. Lawmakers want to change constitution)
The whereabouts of nearly 4,000 sex offenders were swept from public view and off Missouri's sex offender registry last summer by the State Supreme Court. Missouri lawmakers are now working to bring them back. A bipartisan Senate proposal would change a 187 year old caveat in the state constitution and allow authorities to once again register offenders regardless of when they committed their crime. Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law, applauded Missouri's effort. We believe these laws should be retroactive and go back to the beginning of time, Ahearn said. If approved by lawmakers, the constitutional amendment would be placed on a statewide ballot in November 2008. It could appear sooner if the governor calls a special election.