JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation that would impose greater oversight of unlicensed boarding schools and residential care facilities for children. The vote Monday by the House sends the bill to Gov. Mike Parson. The legislation comes after allegations of long-running abuse at some facilities.
In March, Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed more than 100 criminal charges against the owners of the former Circle of Hope Girls Ranch in Cedar County, Boyd and Stephanie Householder. They have pleaded not guilty while awaiting trial.
The legislation would require such facilities to notify the state of their existence and undergo background checks for their personnel.