Missouri Bar Recognizes Three Lawmakers for Efforts to Improve the Administration of Justice
Sen. Bob Dixon,
Rep. Mike Cierpiot and Rep. Stanley Cox Awarded
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri Bar President Jack Brady today presented 2013 Legislative Awards to state Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield; Assistant Majority Floor Leader Rep. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit; and Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia; for their outstanding service to the people of Missouri. The three lawmakers were recognized for their leadership in advancing legislation to reorganize Missouri’s criminal code making it more transparent to the public. The awards were presented at the bar’s Fall Committee Meetings held in Jefferson City at the Capitol Plaza with the three legislative leaders being recognized during the luncheon with more than 400 attorneys from across the state in attendance.
“Missourians are closer to having an even better justice system thanks to the leadership of Sen. Dixon, Assistant Majority Floor Leader Cierpiot and Rep. Cox,” said Brady, of Kansas City.
Brady said each of the lawmakers made significant contributions to legislation affecting the administration of justice and the integrity of the judiciary. Brady said Dixon, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was recognized for work on issues relating to judicial resources, the public defender system and the criminal code reorganization. Brady added that Cierpiot was awarded for his assistance in securing time for debate on the House floor of the criminal code reorganization measure, House Bill 210. In addition, Brady commended Cox, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, for sponsoring the bar-drafted measure and shepherding it through the House of Representatives.
HB210 was the result of four years of cooperative work of The Missouri Bar Criminal Code Revision Subcommittee comprised of experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as representatives from the judiciary and the legislature. The Missouri House of Representatives advanced the bill during the 2013 legislative session by a vote of 150-7. The Senate Judiciary Committee also held extensive hearings on the proposal.
“An updated and organized Criminal Code is better for the people of Missouri because it will make us safer, create an even fairer system, and will make better use of taxpayer funds,” Brady said. “We appreciate the leadership of these lawmakers to move this comprehensive proposal forward.”
The Criminal Code includes statutes that pertain to crimes and punishments, sentencing provisions, defenses, and principles of liability. Since its enactment, some statutes have become outdated, new crimes have been defined and some punishments have become inconsistent. The revisions would mark the first major update of the Missouri Criminal Code since 1979.
Each year, The Missouri Bar drafts and endorses a variety of legislative proposals designed to improve the law on behalf of the public. The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 30,000 of Missouri’s practicing attorneys. To achieve its mission, The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri.
||Sen. Bob Dixon
||Rep. Mike Cierpiot
||Rep. Stanley Cox