Crime bill amendments target drug use
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Crime bill amendments target drug use

Date: April 21, 2009
By: Rebecca Beitsch
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 384

Intro: Persons who deal drugs in front of children would face mandatory prison time under a measure approved by Missouri's House Tuesday. Rebecca Beitsch (b-EYE-ch) has more from the State Capitol. RunTime:0:45
OutCue: SOC

It was western Missouri Republican Mike McGhee who sponsored the amendment to require prison time to anyone who sells or buys drugs in front of a child.

But the idea came under attack from Jackson County Democrat Michael Brown:

Actuality: DRUGS.WAV
Run Time: 00:24
Description: Brown questions how the state can afford more prisoners. McGhee asks how the state pays for infants harmed by being near drug users.

The bill with McGhee's amendment won first-round approval from the House and faces one more vote before going to the Senate.

From the state Capitol, I'm Rebecca Beitsch, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.