Chapter 576 Offenses Affecting Government

576.080 - Supporting terrorism — definition of material support — penalty.

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1.A person commits the offense of supporting terrorism if such person knowingly provides material support to any organization designated as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to 8 U.S.C. Section 1189, as amended, and acts recklessly with regard to whether such organization had been designated as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to 8 U.S.C. Section 1189.

2.For the purpose of this section, "material support" includes currency or other financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, safehouses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel, transportation and other physical assets, except medicine or religious materials.

3.The offense of supporting terrorism is a class D felony.

(L. 2002 S.B. 712, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

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576.070 - Treason — penalty.

1.A person owing allegiance to the state commits the offense of treason if he or she purposely levies war against the state, or adheres to its enemies by giving them aid and comfort.

2.No person shall be convicted of treason unless one or more overt acts are alleged in the indictment or information.

3.In a trial on a charge of treason, no evidence shall be given of any overt act that is not specifically alleged in the indictment or information.

4.No person shall be convicted of treason except upon the direct evidence of two or more witnesses to the same overt act, or upon his or her confession under oath in open court.

5.The offense of treason is a class A felony.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

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576.060 - Failure to give a tax list — penalty.

1.A person commits the offense of failure to give a tax list if, when requested by a government assessor, he or she knowingly fails to give a true list of all his or her taxable property, or to take and subscribe an oath or affirmation to such list as required by law.

2.Failure to give a tax list is an infraction.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

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576.040 - Official misconduct — penalty.

1.A public servant, in such person's public capacity or under color of such person's office or employment, commits the offense of official misconduct if he or she:

(1)Knowingly discriminates against any employee or any applicant for employment on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin, provided such employee or applicant possesses adequate training and educational qualifications;

(2)Knowingly demands or receives any fee or reward for the execution of any official act or the performance of a duty imposed by law or by the terms of his or her employment, that is not due, or that is more than is due, or before it is due;

(3)Knowingly collects taxes when none are due, or exacts or demands more than is due;

(4)Is a city or county treasurer, city or county clerk, or other municipal or county officer and knowingly orders the payment of any money, or draws any warrant, or pays over any money for any purpose other than the specific purpose for which the same was assessed, levied and collected, unless it is or shall have become impossible to use such money for that specific purpose;

(5)Is an officer or employee of any court and knowingly charges, collects or receives less fee for his services than is provided by law;

(6)Is an officer or employee of any court and knowingly, directly or indirectly, buys, purchases or trades for any fee taxed or to be taxed as costs in any court of this state, or any county warrant, at less than par value which may be by law due or to become due to any person by or through any such court; or

(7)Is a county officer, deputy or employee and knowingly traffics for or purchases at less than the par value or speculates in any county warrant issued by order of the county commission of his or her county, or in any claim or demand held against such county.

2.The offense of official misconduct is a class A misdemeanor.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

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576.050 - Misuse of official information — penalty.

1.A public servant commits the offense of misuse of official information if, in contemplation of official action by himself or herself or by a governmental unit with which he or she is associated, or in reliance on information to which he or she has access in his or her official capacity and which has not been made public, he or she knowingly:

(1)Acquires a pecuniary interest in any property, transaction, or enterprise which may be affected by such information or official action; or

(2)Speculates or wagers on the basis of such information or official action; or

(3)Aids, advises or encourages another to do any of the foregoing with purpose of conferring a pecuniary benefit on any person.

2.A person commits the offense of misuse of official information if he or she recklessly obtains or discloses information from the Missouri uniform law enforcement system (MULES) or the National Crime Information Center System (NCIC), or any other criminal justice information sharing system that contains individually identifiable information for private or personal use, or for a purpose other than in connection with their official duties and performance of their job.

3.The offense of misuse of official information is a class A misdemeanor.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 2005 H.B. 353, A.L. 2009 H.B. 62, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

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576.010 - Bribery of a public servant — penalty.

1.A person commits the offense of bribery of a public servant if he or she knowingly offers, confers or agrees to confer upon any public servant any benefit, direct or indirect, in return for:

(1)The recipient's official vote, opinion, recommendation, judgment, decision, action or exercise of discretion as a public servant; or

(2)The recipient's violation of a known legal duty as a public servant.

2.It is no defense that the recipient was not qualified to act in the desired way because he or she had not yet assumed office, or lacked jurisdiction, or for any other reason.

3.The offense of bribery of a public servant is a class E felony.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

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576.030 - Obstructing government operations — penalty.

1.A person commits the offense of obstructing government operations if he or she purposely obstructs, impairs, hinders or perverts the performance of a governmental function by the use or threat of violence, force, or other physical interference or obstacle.

2.The offense of obstructing government operations is a class B misdemeanor.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

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576.020 - Public servant acceding to corruption — penalty.

1.A public servant commits the offense of acceding to corruption if he or she knowingly solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit, direct or indirect, in return for his or her:

(1)Official vote, opinion, recommendation, judgment, decision, action or exercise of discretion as a public servant; or

(2)Violation of a known legal duty as a public servant.

2.The offense of acceding to corruption by a public servant is a class E felony.