JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that would expand the state sex offender registry to cover citizenship status.

The legislation was given first-round approval Wednesday and needs another vote before moving to the state Senate.

Under the bill, people required to register as sex offenders would need to provide their citizenship. People required to register as sex offenders already provide biographical information such as their address, phone number, job and vehicle description.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol also would need to check the citizenship and immigration status of everyone on the sex offender list. Missouri law requires officials to check the immigration status of everyone they jail.

Currently, thousands of people are on Missouri’s sex offender registry.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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