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Mid-Missouri lawmakers pre-filed dozen bills

Mid-Missouri lawmakers pre-filed dozen bills

House, Senate get more than 300 proposed new laws for 2019 debate

December 4th, 2018 by Bob Watson in News

Missouri State Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane

Missouri lawmakers pre-filed more than 300 proposed law changes and 18 proposed constitutional amendments during the early hours when pre-filing of bills is allowed.

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And Mid-Missourians provided only a small part of that total — a dozen bills — with Sen. Jeanie Riddle's seven bills leading the way.

Sen. Caleb Rowden and Reps. Sara Walsh and Rocky Miller each offered one pre-filed bill by the end of Monday's business.

State law allows bills for the next legislative session to be filed on or after Dec. 1.

However, although the early filing allows proposals to be printed, they're not filed officially until they are read into the official record on the first day of the new session which, next year, begins Jan. 9.

In a number of cases, although bills were pre-filed, their text or summaries were not available Monday for a better explanation of the proposal.

Among her seven pre-filed bills, Riddle, R-Mokane, would:

  • Change the law related to coroners.
  • Prohibit certain sex crime offenders from being near athletic facilities that are used primarily by children.
  • Change the provisions relating to immunity of real estate licensees.
  • Allow a person who is injured by a product, to have 15 years after the sale or lease of the product to bring a suit for damages.
  • Establish a statewide hearing aid distribution program.
  • Authorize a motorcycle or motortricycle to be operated on the shoulder of a roadway, under certain circumstances.
  • Require the state auditor to make suggestions or recommendations, to the extent allowed under governmental auditing standards, to any auditee that requests them following the issuance of a report or an audit that deemed a practice of the auditee to be inadequate.

Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, would give intervenors in a court case — including insurance companies — the same rights as defendants already have in that case.

State Rep. Sara Walsh, R-Ashland, wants to extend the deadline for Missouri's DNA Profiling Analysis Fund to receive money collected by the courts to Aug. 28, 2029.

If lawmakers don't agree, the fund's authority ends Aug. 28.

The current law allows an additional "court cost" of $30 to be imposed on people convicted of a felony charge — with the cost raised to $60 for conviction of certain drug-related crimes.

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The law directs the money to the Highway Patrol's DNA profiling analysis fund, which "shall be used only by the Highway Patrol crime lab to fulfill the purposes of the DNA profiling system."

Walsh's bill, if approved by the Legislature and Gov. Mike Parson, would keep the money flowing for another decade.

Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark, would change the laws regarding any required parental notification for a minor to obtain an abortion.