A Missouri House committee is considering a bill that would make last month's visit by a TV reporter to Kirkwood High School a felony. The KSDK reporter's visit prompted a lockdown after he wandered off unescorted and school administrators were unable to reach the TV station to verify he was working on a story about school security.
The bill's sponsor Richmond Heights Democrat Stacey Newman tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that information about school security needs to be private to ensure that procedures are effective.
But not everyone on the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee agrees. Kansas City Democrat Brandon Ellington says it would be passing a bill to stop people from exposing the holes in a system that shouldn't have holes.
The station has apologized for the incident.
Funeral arrangements are set for a former Missouri state representative from Crystal City who died over the weekend. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ron Casey died early Sunday morning at the age of 61.
Casey had suffered a head wound the week before when he fell on a concrete floor at his brother's home.
Casey represented part of Jefferson County for 12 years in the state House.
Visitation will be held at the Second Baptist Church in Festus on Tuesday from 2-to-8 p.m. Funeral services will also be at the church at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
A Missouri House committee approved measures yesterday to create one of the strictest voter photo identification requirements in the country.
The change would require unexpired Missouri-issued or federal photographic identification.
According to the Post Dispatch, bill sponsor Rep. Tony Dugger says the opportunity for voter fraud needed to be stopped to maintain the integrity of elections in the state.
There are only nine states that require photo identification to vote.
The limited number of documents accepted under the Missouri proposal would make it stricter than all but two states, Indiana and Texas. Expired drivers licenses and school-issued photo IDs would not be accepted.
Only nonexpired Missouri or federal photo ID would be accepted under the proposal. Secretary of State Jason Kander opposes the measure. Currently, about 220,000 registered voters would not have the required ID cards.