Lawmakers Hear New Crime Bills

Two versions of a wide-ranging crime bill are progressing through the Missouri legislature. Both contain Max’s Law, which would increase penalties for killing or harming a police animal, and Blair’s Law, which would crack down on celebratory gunfire. The version passed by the State House was heard Monday by the Senate judiciary committee. Kara Corches (rhymes with “porches”) with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry testified in favor of the bill:

No one testified against the House version of the bill. The senate version, meanwhile, is waiting to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee.