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Missouri Lawmakers Approve Tougher Penalties For Crimes Against Police

Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation enhancing penalties for crimes against police and creating a "Blue Alert" system that will notify the public of suspects who kill or wound law officers.

Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation enhancing penalties for crimes against police and creating a "Blue Alert" system that will notify the public of suspects who kill or wound law officers.

Passage of the police legislation marked a victory for Gov. Eric Greitens, who had called for the provisions before taking office in January.

Several other measures remained in limbo on the Legislature's last day of work, including funding for personal care services for low-income seniors and the disabled and a proposal to repeal pay raises for tens of thousands of minimum-wage workers in St. Louis.

The Legislature, which must adjourn by 6 p.m. Friday, often saves some of its biggest issues until its final day, creating a frenzied pace as dozens of bills are rapidly passed — or die. Among the likely casualties was a bill limiting lobbyist gifts to elected officials, which stalled in the Senate.

The Blue Alert system would send public notices when suspects who harm police are on the run. Another measure in that same bill would ramp up penalties for involuntary manslaughter, stalking, property damage and trespassing if the victim was intentionally targeted as a police officer or for being related to a law enforcement officer.

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