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Matt Bartle

Jun 25, 2010

Governor signs bill restricting strip clubs

Legislation aimed at curbing the business of strip clubs and other adult entertainment has become law, again.

May 14, 2010

Strip club regulations go to governor

Legislation to curb the adult entertainment industry - from strip clubs to video stores - cleared the Senate tonight and headed to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Mar 23, 2010

Senate group considers prison reductions

The Missouri Senate is contemplating proposals to reduce the state's prison population by approximately 2,000 inmates, either by diverting some inmates to treatment programs or by granting parole at a higher rate.

Mar 23, 2010

Senate group considers prison reductions

The Missouri Senate is contemplating proposals to reduce the state's prison population by approximately 2,000 inmates, either by diverting some inmates to treatment programs or by granting parole at a higher rate.

Sep 24, 2009

Missouri politicians urge more lawyers to run for office

Send help. Six attorneys who are politicians sent that message to attorneys today at a session on politics at the Missouri Bench and Bar meeting. “At noon, a third legislator will plead guilty to some allegation and it’s a very disappointing thing,” said moderator and former Republican state Sen. Michael Gibbons. “You’re needed now more […]

Aug 18, 2009

Interrogation recordings not yet required

An appeals court affirmed the conviction of a Kansas City man for the murders of six women. In the process, the court rejected an invitation to create a rule that interviews by police be recorded – something that a new state law will begin to require later this month. Terry Blair was found guilty in […]

May 15, 2009

Omnibus judiciary bill squeaks by

The 2009 legislative session ended with an unexpected gift for the courts and the Bar: the last-minute resurrection and passage of a wide-ranging judiciary bill, the first such bill to pass in at least four years.

May 15, 2009

Omnibus judiciary bill ‘very, very dead’

A bill that includes a number of provisions for the legal community and the judiciary is "very, very dead," the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said as the 2009 legislative session drew to a close. Sen. Matt Bartle (pictured), R-Lee's Summit, said "valiant efforts" were made to save the bill, but to no avail. Earlier this week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bryan Stevenson, R-Web[...]

May 13, 2009

Compilation of legal issues nears legislative consent

The House passed a wide-ranging judiciary bill on Wednesday that includes a controversial plan to convert drug court commissioners into associate circuit judges. But the bill’s sponsor says that provision will likely be taken out of the bill, as several senators have warned the section would sink the entire legislative package. House Judiciary Committee Chairman […]

May 5, 2009

Judiciary bill moves to Senate for debate

A wide-ranging judiciary bill has taken another step forward in the legislative process. The Senate Judiciary Committee last night sent forward its version of the legislation that started out as an update to the state’s child-custody laws. The House tacked on other ideas, including getting rid of drug court commissioners and replacing them with associate […]

Apr 29, 2009

Plan bill gets its day

Sen. Jim Lembke (pictured) championed reform of the Nonpartisan Court Plan on the floor of the Missouri Senate on Wednesday. It was the first time the controversial proposal had been debated by the full Senate. Lembke, a Republican from Lemay, took charge in shepherding a proposed constitutional amendment altering the plan used to choose judges in various parts of the state. And the longtime oppon[...]

Apr 29, 2009

Court Plan reform debate begins in Senate

The Missouri Senate began debate Wednesday on substantial changes to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, the first time such alterations have been debated in the Missouri General Assembly’s upper chamber. “I won’t call it the Nonpartisan Court Plan, because it’s not nonpartisan, it’s very partisan. It’s very political,” said the bill’s Senate handle[...]

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