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Date: April 7, 2009
By: Christine Slusser
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Statistics say identity theft is on the rise, and some legislators attribute this to Missouri's lax identity theft laws.

Christine Slusser has more from Jefferson City. 

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Forty-four states have laws that that require businesses to tell their customers if their financial information has been stolen - Missouri is not one of them.

Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Republican Senator Jack Goodman is sponsoring a bill that would take social security numbers off records in divorce and child support cases.

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Description: "Anyone can come in off the streets, potentially, look in these records, and have all the tools they need to get a credit card or steal the identity of the person."


Republican Representative Bryan Stevenson is concerned that a bill like this would cost and require too much work of the already understaffed county clerk's office.

From the State Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.