The Missouri House of Representatives has given its blessing to a wide-ranging crime bill. The plan, sponsored by Rep. Lane Roberts, R-Joplin, now moves to the Senate for another look.

The legislation would increase the minimum age a minor could be charged as an adult for any felony from 12 to 14 years old. It would clarify that 12 is the minimum age at which a minor could be on trial as an adult for certain offenses, such as first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault or robbery.

The package also includes “Blair’s Law,” which would create a criminal offense for firing gunshots in the air to celebrate.

In addition, the plan would increase the punishment for harming or killing law enforcement animals.

To view House Bill 1659, click here.

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