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      Local authorities may soon know when sex offenders are released

      The Missouri Legislature has sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would notify local prosecutors when a sexually violent offender has been conditionally released from treatment. The Missouri House and Senate both voted Wednesday to pass the bill. Current law only requires the attorney general, the director of the Mental Health Department, the facility housing the offender and the court committing the person to be notified of a release. The legislation would now add the prosecutor in the location where the offender was committed for treatment to be alerted. The measure would also allow local law enforcement to access information from the Department of Corrections on the released offender's whereabouts if they are being electronically monitored.