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Missouri legislators pass crime bill addressing texting, dogs, beer bongs

JEFFERSON CITY | Lawmakers have passed a wide-ranging crime bill that would add new restrictions on sex offenders, ban text messaging while driving and add penalties for owners of dangerous dogs.

The legislation also would increase penalties for cattle rustlers and ban beer bongs and kegs from many rivers.

The bill was approved by lawmakers in both the House and Senate on Friday. It now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The legislation would restrict most sex offenders by not allowing them to be within 500 feet of a public park or child care facility. They could also not be a coach of a sports team with those 17 and younger.

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