Missouri attorney general candidate pushes terrorism bills
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A senator running for attorney general is pushing to change how Missouri tries to prevent and punish terrorism.
Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, pitched two measures during a Senate hearing Tuesday.
One bill that deals with those convicted of first-degree murder after committing an act of terrorism would require judges and juries to consider that when weighing whether to execute the killer.
The attorney general's office handles death-penalty appeals and sometimes prosecutes those cases.
The second bill would create the crime of terrorism for seriously injuring someone while trying to intimidate or coerce residents or government. The penalty would be life in prison without eligibility for parole.
Schaefer also wants the attorney general to oversee screenings of jail and prison volunteers for terrorist tendencies.