ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri lawmakers are getting ready to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill calling for harsher sentences for law-breakers.

The bill is an overhaul of the state’s current criminal justice laws. The measure creates new classes of felonies and misdemeanors and reorganizes crimes to fit the new penalty structure.

For example, crimes such as possessing small amounts of marijuana for the first time would be down-graded, but other crimes such as child molestation would carry longer prison sentences.

The Senate passed the bill earlier this year and the house is expected to pass it as well. Gov. Nixon, however, is concerned over the bill’s size and scope.

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