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Bryan Pratt

Jun 3, 2009

Conservative Leadership conference kicks off in St. Louis

The Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference gets under way today in downtown St. Louis. It’s billed as a gathering of about 200 fiscal and social conservatives. A highlight of tomorrow’s agenda for legal audiences is a panel discussion of judicial selection. Among the speakers are James Harris, who has recently led efforts to change the Nonpartisan Court […]

Apr 8, 2009

Court plan reform bill sent to Senate

Less than a day after it won initial approval in the Missouri House, a resolution altering Missouri's Nonpartisan Court Plan was sent to the Senate on Thursday. (pictured at left) Rep. Stanley Cox's resolution passed 85-72, three votes more than the constitutionally needed amount to send legislation to the Senate. Among other things, Cox's resolution would increase the number of judicial nominees [...]

Mar 24, 2009

Coerced abortion bill derailed in state Senate

Proponents of abortion rights are a minority in the Missouri Senate. But the small group of lawmakers proved on Monday that they could still pack a powerful punch. That’s because several Democratic state senators derailed legislation – at least for now – creating the crime of “coercing” an abortion. Now bill proponents say they will […]

Mar 9, 2009

Legal challenges never far away for abortion bills

Proponents creating the crime of “coercing” an abortion are confident legislation would pass constitutional scrutiny if it’s challenged in court. There are two major elements to House Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Pratt’s legislation, which is currently pending in the Missouri House. The first portion prompts providers to deliver certain information to women seeking abortion, inclu[...]

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