Monday, August 28, 2006

New Laws Take Effect Today

New Laws Take Effect Today

Most legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by the governor becomes effective today. About 130 news laws are on the books this year, including a measure requiring voters to present a photo I.D. before casting a ballot (SB 1014), legislation requiring drivers to move over when approaching emergency vehicles (SB 872), and legislation restricting the use of eminent domain (HB 1944).
The Missouri Constitution designates August 28th as the effective date of legislation signed into law by the governor, unless the measure contains an emergency clause (EC). Those bills become effective upon the governor’s signature, such as Senate Bill 578 restricting protests at funeral services, which took effect February 27th when Acting Governor Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, signed the bill into law (SB 578).
For a complete list of legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor, click the following link: 2006 Legislation.

Missouri Constitution:
Article III LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT Section 29 August 28, 2005
Effective date of laws--exceptions--procedure in emergencies and upon recess.
Section 29. No law passed by the general assembly, except an appropriation act, shall take effect until ninety days after the adjournment of the session in either odd-numbered or even-numbered years at which it was enacted. However, in case of an emergency which must be expressed in the preamble or in the body of the act, the general assembly by a two-thirds vote of the members elected to each house, taken by yeas and nays may otherwise direct; and further except that, if the general assembly recesses for thirty days or more it may prescribe by joint resolution that laws previously passed and not effective shall take effect ninety days from the beginning of the recess.
Source: Const. of 1875, Art. IV, § 36.
(Amended November 3, 1970)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Senate Interim Committee on Missouri State Public Defender System Adds Hearing

Senate Interim Committee on Missouri State Public Defender System Adds Hearing

The Senate Interim Committee on the Missouri State Public Defender System has scheduled an additional public hearing for Friday, August 25 in the Senate Lounge. The hearing will begin at noon. In testimony presented during the first public hearing on August 10, the acting director of the public defender system told senators the system is in crisis. To review a previous posting about the August 10 hearing, click the link:

http://www.senate.state.mo.us/05info/press-room/Documents/2006/PublicDefenderSystemiCrisis081006.doc

The members of the committee and its charge are listed below:


MEMBERS:
Senators:
Jack Goodman, 29th, Chairman
Michael Gibbons, 15th
Luann Ridgeway, 17th
Joan Bray, 24th
Chuck Graham, 19th
Established pursuant to the Missouri Constitution.
The committee shall consist of five members, three Republicans and two Democrats, and will be responsible for reviewing the current effectiveness of the Missouri State Public Defender System. The duties of the committee shall be:
1) To study the causes and implications of the significant increase in caseloads and to develop proposals to reduce the number of caseloads.
2) To review the standards and eligibility requirements for those to whom a public defender might be assigned.
3) To study attorney turnover rates, staffing and personnel issues, and compensation practices.
4) To evaluate the Missouri State Public Defender System's organizational practices including, but not limited to: overhead, office location, technology, and distribution of resources.
The committee shall be staffed by counsel from Senate Research and may hold public hearings at locations to be determined by the chairman. Reasonable, actual and necessary expenses of the committee shall be reimbursed by the Missouri Senate.
The committee shall issue a report and make recommendations, as deemed appropriate by a majority of the members of the committee, to the general assembly for legislative action no later than January 26, 2007.
The committee also will hold a public hearing on September 14 at 1p.m. in the Senate Lounge.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Senators Discuss Immigration Reform

In the August edition of Capitol Dialogue, two Missouri state senators discuss the impact of illegal immigration on the state and possible legislative solutions. Sen. Bill Alter, R-High Ridge, sponsored Senate Bill 1250 in the 2006 session. The measure would prohibit employers from hiring undocumented workers, prevent illegal immigrants from receiving state or local public assistance (except for state or local public assistance that is mandated by federal law), and it would allow state highway patrol officers to receive training in federal immigration law (Senate Bill 1250). SB 1250 was amended and approved by the Missouri Senate, but died in the House in the last week of session. Sen. Alter discusses immigration reform with Sen. Tim Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this month’s edition of Capitol Dialogue.
Hosted by Missourinet News Director Bob Priddy, Capitol Dialogue is a monthly 30-min. television program about the Missouri General Assembly. The program is broadcast by cable access and community television stations across Missouri. Streaming video also is available at the following link: Capitol Dialogue

Monday, August 07, 2006

Missouri Senate Committee Hearings For Week of 080706

Missouri Senate Committee Hearings For Week of 080706
Senate Interim Committee on the Missouri State Public Defender System
Thursday, August 10 Time: 12:00 PM Room: Senate Lounge
The duties of the committee shall be:
1) To study the causes and implications of the significant increase in caseloads and to develop proposals to reduce the number of caseloads.
2) To review the standards and eligibility requirements for those to whom a public defender might be assigned.
3) To study attorney turnover rates, staffing and personnel issues, and compensation practices.
4) To evaluate the Missouri State Public Defender System's organizational practices including, but not limited to: overhead, office location, technology, and distribution of resources.
The committee shall be staffed by counsel from Senate Research and may hold public hearings at locations to be determined by the chairman. Reasonable, actual and necessary expenses of the committee shall be reimbursed by the Missouri Senate.
The committee shall issue a report and make recommendations, as deemed appropriate by a majority of the members of the committee, to the general assembly for legislative action no later than January 26, 2007.