Missouri lawmakers sustain veto of sex offender bill

Missouri legislators have decided not to challenge Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill relaxing requirements for people convicted of sex offenses as juveniles.

The House briefly discussed the bill Wednesday but set it aside without voting on an override.

Under the bill, people who were younger than 18 when they committed sex offenses would have no longer appeared on law enforcement websites that list the names, photos and addresses of sex offenders. They also could have eventually been removed from lists of registered sex offenders kept by police.

Proponents had argued that people convicted as youths deserved a second chance at a life outside the public spotlight.

But Nixon had said the bill could have hidden the whereabouts of some people who committed violent offenses.