“Raise the Age” Bill Filed

Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon) held a press conference last Friday to introduce a bill that would require children up to the age of 18 to be prosecuted for most criminal offenses in juvenile court unless the child is certified as an adult. Known as “Raise the Age,”¬†Missouri is still one of only five states that have age 17 as the cutoff for juvenile jurisdiction. Rep. Schroer said the bill would save taxpayer dollars and also preserve parental rights. Last year a similar bill passed the House, but failed to gain traction in the Senate.