By Talia Kaplan
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Some Missouri sex offenders may soon be able to get off the registry.
The Missouri House has approved a plan to make major changes to the list. Now it moves on to the Senate.
The approved a bill groups offenders into three "tiers" depending on the severity of the crimes.
Eventually, some offenders could file a petition in court and ask to be removed from the registry.
Part of the legislation also seeks to increase the penalty for incest, child rape, and child abuse resulting in death.
"Missouri is way behind on how we treat our sex offender list," said Tony Rothert with the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri. He is in favor of the bill, especially because most states already implement the system.
"For too long Missouri has had a one size fits all registration scheme and it lumps together people who pose a serious real risk of recidivism with people who do not and it makes the list meaningless as a resource for parents and it also punishes people who don't need to be punished by keeping them on the list for life," said Rothert.
We should learn the fate of this bill in the coming weeks. The Missouri legislative session ends May 17.