Missouri House Speaker Says Juvenile Certification Legislation is Dead

A top priority for Missouri’s GOP governor for the special session on violent crime will NOT be moving forward in the Legislature. House Speaker Elijah Haahr says the juvenile certification bill is dead, because there is no consensus about moving it forward.

The Missouri Senate approved legislation that would allow Missouri courts to certify juveniles 14-18 as adults for violent weapons offenses. The House did vote today (Tuesday) to give final approval to five other crime bills, including witness protection legislation.