MSHP Provides Synopsis of Some New Missouri Laws (Part 2 of 4)

September 04, 2019

The abbreviated descriptions below are intended to make the public aware of some of the new legislation enacted by the Missouri General Assembly which is related to crime and motor vehicles. The listed legislation has been signed into law. Unless otherwise noted, these laws will go into effect August 28, 2019. The Patrol wishes to make the public aware of several of these new laws or changes to increase public awareness and education. For a complete description of these newly enacted laws, visit the Missouri House of Representatives or Missouri Senate websites. Part 2 of 4.
HB 243/544 -- VICTIMS OF CERTAIN OFFENSES

This bill provides that a person who is, has been, or is in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking shall not be denied tenancy, be evicted from the premises, or in violation of a lease agreement on the basis of or as a direct result of being such a victim.
This bill also modifies the language regarding when a person commits the offense of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images (Section 573.110 RSMo.).
HB 397 -- PROTECTION OF CHILDREN

Allows the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to reject applications for childcare facilities if they are located within 1,000 feet of residences, care facilities, hospitals, or other places housing sex offenders. It also provides that a patient of a hospital or long-term care facility is not considered a resident for purposes of locating childcare facilities near the residence of a registered sexual offender (Sections 210.221 and 566.147 RSMo.).
Requires the Amber Alert System Oversight Committee to meet at least annually to discuss potential improvements to the Amber Alert System. Amber Alerts issued in Missouri may include an embedded URL, which references a resource online that provides additional information or technological capabilities. The bill establishes "Hailey's Law," which requires the Amber Alert System to be integrated into the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) to expedite the reporting of child HB 604 -- PREVENTION OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT IN SCHOOLS
This bill requires disclosure between school districts about a former employee when requested, specifically regarding any confirmed violation of a board policy related to abusive behavior toward a student. Additionally, any school, before offering employment, must contact the district or charter school that previously employed the prospective hire and request information.
This bill defines a "screened volunteer" and requires a criminal background check to be conducted on any screened volunteer before they are left alone with a student or have access to student records.
This bill requires that schools provide trauma-informed, developmentally-appropriate sexual abuse training to students in grades six and higher. The training will be developed by DESE.
This bill adds school personnel, contractors, and volunteers that establish relationships through a school or school activity to the definition of those responsible for the care, custody, and control of a child for certain sections of statutes relating to child abuse as outlined in the bill (Sections 162.068, 162.203, 168.133, 170.045, and 210.110 RSMo.).abductions (Section 210.1014 RSMo.).
SCS/SB 1 -- EXPUNGEMENT
This act removes the following crimes from the list of crimes where expungement is not currently available: property damage in the first degree, stealing, possession of a forging instrumentality, and fraudulent use of a credit device or debit device.