“Raise the Age” Moves Forward

This week, the House Rules Committee voted out SB 793, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau). Known as “Raise the Age”, the bill would raise juvenile certification from 17 to 18 years old. The search for funds to pay for the extra juvenile services needed to treat 17-year-olds had previously held up the bill. Now the bill includes funding mechanisms such a $3.50 surcharge on civil court filings and a $2.00 surcharge on traffic violations. Missouri is one of five states that still treats 17-year-olds as adults under the law. The bill now goes on the House calendar for debate.