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Governor Signs Senate Bill 53

Public Information Officer:
January 20th, 2022
Major Kevin Tieman,
Cass County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Jeff Weber joined Missouri Governor Mike Parson in Kansas City on Friday to ceremoniously sign Senate Bill 53. The event was hosted by the Kansas City FOP and was attended by several state and local legislators, sheriffs, and law enforcement officers from around the state.

Senate Bill 53 modifies several provisions related to public safety, including clarifying the Raise the Age statute, increasing the penalty for doxing a first responder or law enforcement officer, modifying the residency requirement for Kansas City law enforcement officers to assist with recruitment efforts, and creating a judicial procedure that provides a pathway for a prosecuting attorney to correct a miscarriage of justice resulting from a wrongful conviction.

The bill also allows prosecutors to use a witness or victim statement when a defendant engaged in wrongful conduct that prevented the witness or victim from being available to testify in a criminal proceeding.

“I would like to thank the Governor and all of our legislatures who worked so hard to pass this important legislation and their continued support of Law Enforcement,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

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