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George W. Draper
Jan 24, 2020

Two counties to move circuits under court-backed plan

Supreme Court Chief Justice George W. Draper III on Jan. 22 formally unveiled the judiciary’s plans to move two rural counties into new judicial circuits. In his State of the Judiciary speech before a joint session of the Missouri House and Senate, Draper said the court system recommends moving Benton County, now part of the […]

Mar 27, 2014

Gov. Nixon wary of criminal code’s size

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.

Jan 28, 2014

Missouri bill would require judge recusals

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard a bill on Monday evening that would disqualify judges on appellate courts and circuit courts under the Nonpartisan Court Plan from hearing cases from attorneys who sat on the judicial commission that nominated the judge.

Jan 15, 2014

‘Full-court press’ to pass criminal code revision

State lawmakers have begun their push to get a massive revision of the state’s criminal code across the finish line. (Updated 1/16 at 1:15 p.m.)

Jan 8, 2014

Missouri House speaker calls for medical malpractice changes

The speaker of the Missouri House vowed Wednesday to make “much-needed medical malpractice reform” a key part of his legislative agenda.

Jan 2, 2014

Legislative Preview: Med mal caps, criminal code overhaul return this term

While some issues, such as proposed changes to the Nonpartisan Court Plan, have gone dormant, other issues are just the latest in years-long efforts.

Sep 18, 2013

Doe Run settles lawsuits after veto override

Two days after lawmakers overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a law to protect The Doe Run Co. from large punitive damage awards, the company settled three lawsuits alleging injuries from lead pollution.

Sep 12, 2013

Legislature sustains veto of tighter unemployment rules

The legislation would have redefined misconduct and good cause to disqualify certain workers from getting unemployment benefits.

Sep 12, 2013

Doe Run protection bill becomes law over veto

Lawmakers rose up to protect Doe Run Resources from large punitive damage awards.

Apr 24, 2011

Doing in Daugherty

States’ rights might be all the rage when it comes to health care, but the Missouri Legislature is perfectly fine with federal law when it comes to employment discrimination.

Apr 24, 2011

State Senate backs tougher domestic violence laws, sends bill to House

Legislation overhauling Missouri’s domestic violence laws for the first time in nearly four decades was approved by the Missouri Senate on Thursday.

Apr 24, 2011

Senate OKs $23B state budget plan

Missouri’s education system would get little new money — and in some cases, less — under a budget plan passed Wednesday by senators constrained by state revenues that have yet to fully rebound from the recession.

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