JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KMOX) – A Missouri legislator recently filed a bill, requiring real estate agents to let neighbors know when a registered sex offender is buying a home in their neighborhood.
However, the bill is going nowhere in the Missouri House after a representative single-handedly put the skids on it. Oddly, the bill’s sponsor and its opponent are the same person: Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City).
Davis tells KMOX that he’s asked his bill not go to committee, the first step toward passage, because he doesn’t want to stamp a scarlet letter on a sex offender. Instead, he just wanted to bring awareness to the issue of sexual predators.
“Having the realtors do it is not the right way to do it but it was the only thing I could think of at the time that I drafted the bill,” he said.
“It’s been filed but it’s not going to be assigned to committee, I’ve already asked that it not go to committee because I just wanted to spark the discussion of how we protect our kids,” Davis explained. “Not that we want to discriminate against somebody moving in there, and not that anybody ever needs to retaliate or do anything against the individual because they also have a right to exist and to live a peaceful life and to raise their family, et cetera.”