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Statute of Limitations of Rape and Sodomy Bill Stuck in House-Senate Conflict

February 25, 2002
By: JiaoJiao Shen
State Capital Bureau

A Senator thinks lawyers are keeping an important bill from moving along in the legislative process. JiaoJiao Shen reports from the Capitol.

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Missouri lawmakers predicted the state would remove the statute of limitations on rape and sodomy in mid-February.

That date has passed and the bill is now stuck in a House-Senate conflict.

The bill's sponsor, Senator Marvin Singleton says the problem is because of too many lawyers getting involved.

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Contents: Senator Singleton says his original bill simply removed the statute of limitations on rape and sodomy but the lawyers have conflicting interests in the Senate of the bill.

The House has passed a revised version of the bill and now its up to the Senate.

In Jefferson City, JiaoJiao Shen


An obscure medical condition is keeping an important bill from getting passed. JiaoJiao Shen has more from Jefferson City.

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Legislation is stalled to remove the statute of limitations on rape and sodomy.

Lawmakers expected to pass the bill by mid-February.

Representative Ralph Monaco is sponsoring a House bill that removes the statute of limitations.

He says an obscure medical issue is preventing the Senate version of the bill from passing.

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Contents: Representative Monaco says an issue that does not exist is the stumbling block for the bill. It's a relayed delayed memory recall problem that occures when someone remembers something that happened 25 or 30 years ago with psychiatric help. Then charges are filed for rape or sodomy because of the recalled event from childhood.

The House passed a revised version of the bill and it is now with the Senate.

From Jefferson City, JiaoJiao Shen


The statute of limitations on rape and sodomy could finally get removed by the end of this week. JiaoJiao Shen has more from the Capitol.

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The statute of limitations on rape and sodomy is still there, even though lawmakers predicted it would be repealed by mid-February.

The bill is stuck in a House-Senate conflict.

Bill sponsor, Senator Marvin Singleton, says the bill could reach the governor's desk by the end of this week.

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Contents: Senator Singleton says the Senate hopes to move the bill to the conference committee to smooth out details then have it on the governor's desk by the end of this week. He says there will be more victimization of violent crimes if there are any more delays.

The Senate has to decide on the bill now that it has passed through the House.

From Jefferson City, JiaoJiao Shen