Vetoed bill could affect 870 Mo. sex offenders

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri bill removing the names of juvenile sex offenders from public registries could affect hundreds more people than originally estimated.

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill earlier this summer and has been trying to discourage legislators from overriding that veto when they convene in September.

Nixon said Wednesday the legislation could remove the names of 870 people who had committed sex offenses as juveniles from public notification websites. That figure is more than 50 percent higher than Nixon originally estimated last month.

The Democratic governor says the bill would “help violent sex offenders hide from the public.”

Republican legislative leaders have said a veto override is likely. Some supporters say the youths deserve a second chance.

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