Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Several Senate Bills Delivered to Governor by Mid-Point of Session's Last Week

JEFFERSON CITY - With less than 48 hours to go before the 6:00 p.m. Friday deadline, lawmakers have already “truly agreed to and finally passed” several Senate bills, sending them to the governor to become law.

Senate Bill 237, sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, would require the September 1996 Supreme Court standards for representation by guardians ad litem (for the purpose of a lawsuit or legal action) be updated. The state’s highest court adopted statewide standards on Sept. 17, 1996, in order to ensure that Missouri children had a right to adequate and effective representation in child welfare cases.

Sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, SJR 2 would allow enabling legislation for advance voting and photo ID for voting. This constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would require a person to show a valid, government-issued photo ID to vote. The joint resolution would also allow advance voting. Final passage of this measure brings this issue straight to the ballot – it does not need the governor’s approval.

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