Wide-Ranging Crime Package Receives Initial Approval

(MISSOURINET) – The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a wide-ranging crime package. Republican Senator Tony Luetkemeyer (loot-kuh-meyer) of Parkville wants to bolster protections for assault on a law enforcement animal. Other provisions of the combined bill include streamlining the process to clear criminal records and establishing a conviction review unit to give Missourians a chance to have their day in court. He calls his bill a penalty enhancement…

The bill’s name – Max’s Law – honors a St. Joseph police canine officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2021 while he and his partner were serving a warrant. A final vote must take place in the Senate before the House considers it.