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Committee OKs defender bill

A House committee passed without opposition measures meant to combat a heavy caseload in the state’s public defender system. Sen. Jack Goodman’s legislation, among other things, would allow the Missouri Public Defender Commission to seek out methods of controlling their ...

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Defender bill gets rare move

State Rep. Bryan Stevenson might have removed the biggest obstacle in the way of legislation meant to relieve the caseload crunch for the state's public defender system: himself. Stevenson, a Webb City Republican who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, made the somewhat unusual move of asking for Sen. Jack Goodman's legislation to be sent away from his committee. The legislation was re-directed to the House General Laws Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka (pictured left).

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Committee choice could decide fate of bill

The seemingly routine procedure of referring a bill to committee could have a sizable impact on the fate of legislation altering the state’s public defender system. Most notably, Sen. Jack Goodman’s bill codifies an administrative rule allowing the Public Defender ...

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Public defender proposal moves forward in Senate

Amid concerns that an escalating workload is hindering public defenders’ ability to represent clients, the Missouri Senate took a big step toward sending legislation altering the system to the House. Sen. Jack Goodman’s legislation features a number of components, including ...

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‘Smut shop’ fight begins anew

A pair of Republican senators argued last week they can constitutionally put restrictions on adult businesses they say produce harmful consequences on local communities. Sens. Matt Bartle, R-Lee’s Summit, and Jack Goodman, R-Mt. Vernon, both lawyers, put forward similar bills ...

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Nixon against bill allowing public defenders to turn away cases

Gov. Jay Nixon came out against a legislative proposal allowing the state’s public defender commission to establish a maximum case threshold. In his first news conference since he was sworn in as Missouri’s governor, Nixon spoke negatively of a provision ...

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