A state representative expresses disappointment partisan rancor during the legislative session spelled doom for a bill called “Jake’s Law”. Representative Dennis Bonner of Independence says pushing “Jake’s Law” during session became very personal, because of the tragedy the family of Jake Robel suffered. Robel was dragged to death in Independence February 22nd when a man released from the Carroll County jail attempted to steal the car the 6-year-old was in. Robel got caught in the seat belt as the man sped away. The suspect had been released even though there were outstanding warrants against him. “Jake’s Law” would have required law enforcement to check for outstanding warrants prior to release. Bonner says that’s common practice in Missouri, but not law. He holds out hope to change that in the future. Bonner blames the Republican slowdown in the House for killing the clock and any chance of passing his bill.
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