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Governor Signs Sex Offender Legislation

During a visit to Springfield today (July 8), Governor Matt Blunt held a ceremonial bill signing for legislation that will allow county law enforcement to post photographs of sex offenders on the web. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Beginning August 28th, sheriffs around the state will be able to post photographs of sex offenders on the internet. Missouri's Governor Matt Blunt held a bill signing ceremony in Springfield today at the office of Greene County Sheriff Jack Merritt, who had pushed for the authority to post photographs of sex offenders on the web.

Blunt says allowing local law enforcement to post photos of sex offenders on the internet will protect children.

Greene County has more than 900 registered sex offenders on its online registry.

Sheriff Jack Merritt says photographs will be online when the law takes effect on August 28th. The Greene County Sheriff's website did have photos for sex offenders online but removed them when threatened with a lawsuit. Merritt says the new law should eliminate that threat.

Merritt also says this law couldn't come at a better time.

During his visit to Springfield today, the governor also signed a bill that deals with a number of public health issues, including vaccine safety