The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether a recent softening of the penalties for repeat drug offenses applies retroactively to people still serving harsh sentences.
Among 14 bills Gov. Jay Nixon signed Tuesday was an update to legislation that rewrites Missouri’s criminal code.
Legislators have come through on their promise to deliver to the Governor a bill that “fixes” perceived errors in the criminal code rewrite with little to no opposition in either chamber.
The Missouri Legislature on Friday gave its nod of approval to a bill that addressed a few errors in the criminal code rewrite, namely certain provisions that Gov. Jay Nixon said would open loopholes for drunken drivers and methamphetamine suppliers.
Gov. Jay Nixon says the legislation needs updates to language to avoid weakening drunken-driving laws. (Updated 2:22 p.m. on 5/14)
The Senate sponsor of a bill revising Missouri’s criminal code said Friday that Gov. Jay Nixon will not veto the bill, but the governor’s office would not confirm that a decision had been made.
A rewrite of Missouri’s criminal code would strengthen punishments for repeat offenders facing sexual assault, kidnapping, child molestation or drug charges if the governor signs it into law, but the clock is ticking.
After years of study and legislative wrangling, a comprehensive revision of Missouri’s criminal code is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk, though its ultimate fate is uncertain.
Despite progress, lawmakers still face choices on the criminal code after the House and Senate approved different versions of bills with massive revisions to the code.
The Missouri House and Senate on Thursday passed different versions of a massive bill that revises the state’s criminal code.
The bill, originally more than 1,000 pages long, was pared down by 400 pages to address concerns from the governor’s office about its length.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday called for lawmakers to break up an overhaul of the state’s criminal code into a “manageable” series of bills.
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