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Committe hears bill to regulate private investigator field

April 4, 2005
By: Meghan Kloth
State Capital Bureau

One senator is attempting to change the way private investigators operate in the state. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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Currently you can walk out the door and become a private investigator.

But Democratic Senator Harry Kennedy from St. Louis has proposed a bill to regulate the field of private investigators in Missouri.

Scott Biondo works for a private investigator firm in St. Louis and testified at the hearing.

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"We've always tried to police ourselves. But unfortunately there are those out there who would probably require the remediation efforts of the license"

The bill would create a board to regulate private investigators and would ensure that all PIs pass specific tests.

From the state capital, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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A bill to regulate private investigators taps into the ongoing gun possession debate. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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A senate commitee heard St. Louis Democrate Harry Kennedy's bill to create uniform licensing and practices for private investigators across the state.

But Republican Senator Chris Koster raised concern over a stipulation that would allow PIs to carry firearms places citizens can't.

Private Investigator Don Kissel argued for the provision.

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"There's a need for them in many cases to be armed. Frequently we have situations in St. Louis, Kansas City and throughout Missouri where these people need to be able to carry firearms.

However the bill's sponsor said they will take a second look at the phrasing.

From the state capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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