A Missouri Senate panel is beginning work on an effort to overhaul the state’s criminal code.
The legislation is the work of a Missouri Bar panel that began meeting five years ago to give the code its first makeover since the 1970s.
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The measure, SB253, would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors and give judges more flexibility in sentencing.
The Senate’s judiciary committee held a hearing Monday on the 1,000-page bill sponsored by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus of Kansas City.
The committee did not vote on the bill and planned another hearing Tuesday.