Policy Statement Regarding Legislative Procedures

Revised by the Board of Governors on February 24, 2012.

The Missouri Bar limits its legislative activities to proposed legislation that affects the administration of justice, the integrity of the judiciary, or the dignity of the profession of law. In addition, The Missouri Bar may participate in legislative activities to improve the law through legislation which is drafted by Missouri Bar committees and endorsed by the Board of Governors and may respond to legislation which affects previously enacted bar-drafted legislation.

Final determination of what legislation falls within the above definition and the priority to be given such legislation is within the jurisdiction of the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar. The Board of Governors may determine to take no position on proposed legislation that is or may be factional, partisan, narrow in interest or as to which substantial constituencies of the bar may in good faith differ.

The Missouri Bar may take a position or action concerning proposed legislation only if either: (1) at a duly called meeting, the Board of Governors determines (a) by a vote of two-thirds of the Board of Governors present and voting that the proposed legislation concerns a proper subject matter, and (b) by a vote of two-thirds of the Board of Governors present and voting to take a position or action, or both; or (2) the Executive Committee determines (a) by an affirmative vote of at least four of its members, that the proposed legislation concerns a proper subject matter, and (b) by an affirmative vote of at least four of its members to take a position or action, or both. If there is ANY deviation from the deadlines for Missouri Bar committee drafted legislation set out in the following Policy Statement Regarding Legislative Procedures, the proposal must be specifically approved by the Executive Committee prior to being submitted to the Board of Governors. Use of the “Expedited Procedure” for any bar committee drafted proposal must also be specifically approved in advance by the Executive Committee.Actions taken by the Executive Committee shall be published on the Board of Governor’s Listserve as soon as possible or, if a meeting of the Board is scheduled to be held shortly thereafter, the report may be given at such meeting.