Criminal Law

HB 1054 /HB 1204  – Unlawful funeral protests. Changes the laws regarding unlawful picketing or protesting of a funeral.
HB 1057 – Inmate medical treatment. Requires all inmates receiving on-site medical examination or treatment from correctional center personnel to be charged $1.50 per visit.

HB 1067  – Probation and parole review for certain offenders. Requires the Board of Probation and Parole to periodically review the case history of certain convicted offenders serving sentences of more than 15 years or life without parole.

HB 1083 /HB 1148 /HB 1419 – Texting while driving. Prohibits all drivers, regardless of age, from text messaging while operating a moving vehicle unless the device being used is equipped with technology allowing for voice-recognition hands-free texting.

HB 1102 – Reporters of sexual abuse. Requires any person who observes a child being subjected to sexual abuse to immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Children’s Division.

HB 1122  / HB 1372 – Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act. Establishes the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.

HB 1125  – Crime of property damage. Revises the crime of property damage in the first degree to include damaging a motor vehicle while making entry into it to steal or when the damage occurs while committing the crime within the vehicle.

HB 1127  – Closed records. Requires certain specified crime scene photographs and video recordings to be considered closed records and not subject to disclosure under the Open Meetings and Records Law. Not in scope.

HB 1142  – Private probation services. Changes the requirements for the use of private probation services. Specifically, authorizes judges in a circuit court which contracts with private entities for probation services to use those services for individuals convicted of a class C or D felony; increases the amount that can be charged by private probation services from $50 to $65 per month. No position.

HB 1167 /HB 1757  – Caylee’s Law. Establishes Caylee’s Law which requires any parent or guardian to report the death or disappearance of a child within a specified time period.

HB 1175 – Parole hearings for certain offenders. Requires certain offenders 60 years of age or older serving a sentence of life without parole for a minimum of 50 years to receive a parole hearing.

HB 1185  – Reporting of citizenship of sexual offenders. Adds citizenship information to the sexual offender registration form and requires the State Highway Patrol to report to the federal government any non-U.S. citizen on the sexual offender registry.

HB 1194  – Agricultural crimes. (See Agricultural & Animal Law)

HB 1195  – Agricultural crimes. (See Agricultural & Animal Law)

HB 1203  – County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund. Allows money from the county law enforcement restitution fund to be used for county inmate work and service programs and limits the amount a county can assess an individual for certain offenses to $10. Support concept of inmate work and service programs; oppose creation of special funds.

HCS HB 1220  – Pilot program for incarcerated mothers. Requires the Department of Corrections to establish a two-year pilot project to increase the access that children have to their incarcerated mothers.

HB 1223  – Tobacco use in correctional facilities. Changes the laws regarding certain policies and practices at correctional facilities. Prohibits tobacco use in any area or on the grounds of a state correctional facility; specifies that offenders can be required to perform hard labor; prohibits certain items and services from being provided or permitted for inmates; limits an offender’s compensation account to a maximum balance of $100.

HB 1232  – Online impersonation. Specifies that any person who impersonates another actual person through or on a website for specified harmful purposes will be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

HB 1252  – False reporting of a crime. Increases the penalty for making a false report if the crime which was falsely reported was a felony.

HCS HB 1256  – Surcharges in criminal cases. Removes the provision specifying that the $4 surcharge assessed in certain criminal cases will not be collected from any person who has pled guilty and paid a fine through the central violations bureau. No position.

HB 1268  – Local government annual revenue from traffic violations. Changes the laws regarding the requirements of the governing body of a city, town, or village when its annual revenue from fines and court costs for traffic violations exceed 35% of its total annual revenue.

HB 1271  – Trespass. Changes the laws regarding the penalty for certain crimes, including changing the crime of trespass in the first degree from a class B to a class A misdemeanor; changing the crime of trespassing in the second degree from an infraction to a class B misdemeanor; and changing the crime of false impersonation from a class B misdemeanor to a class D felony, unless the individual impersonates a law enforcement officer or public servant, in which case it would be a class C felony.

HCS HB 1272  – Gross negligence in certain actions against correctional facilities. Specifies that gross negligence will be the standard of proof in actions for damages brought against a public or private correctional or detention facility as a result of a death by suicide of any inmate. No position.
HB 1283 – Tanning devices. Prohibits any person younger than 15 years of age from using a tanning device or his or her guardian from allowing the use of a tanning device.

HB 1284  – Enhanced assault penalties. Adds an elected official or his or her staff to the list of persons protected by enhanced penalties for assault in the first, second, and third degrees.

HB 1285  – Meter reading. Specifies that any person who uses a device to read electric usage off of a meter without the homeowner›s consent will be guilty of class D felony.

HCS HB 1319, 1045 & 1369  – Weapons. Changes the laws regarding weapons. Among other provisions, lowers the concealed carry endorsement age from 21 to 18 for certain military members; allows an individual carrying a concealed firearm to openly display the firearm in a certain manner; allows an individual who has been adjudicated incapacitated or involuntarily committed, or has a Missouri adjudication or commitment that results in a firearms disqualification to file a petition for the removal of the disqualification under certain circumstances. Oppose § 571.092(9) as imposing an unnecessary burden on courts.

SCS HCS#2 HB 1323  – Sam Pratt’s Law. Establishes Sam Pratt›s Law which authorizes the Department of Health and Senior Services to prohibit an unlicensed child care provider from continuing to provide services if there are pending criminal charges.

HB 1326  – Business Premises Safety Act. (See Business Law) Not in scope.

HCS HB 1328  – Controlled substances. Changes the laws regarding the sale and possession of controlled substances, specifically related to methamphetamine and its precursors.

HB 1330 /SB 720 – Change of venue. Lowers the population requirement of a Department of Corrections center in the county in determining the procedure to obtain a change of venue for a misdemeanor or felony. No position.

HB 1346  – Changes the laws regarding student athlete agents. (See Sports Law)

HB 1350  – Nathan’s Law. Establishes Nathan’s Law which changes the laws regarding child care facilities.

HB 1365  – Prohibition on felons in local government office. Prohibits a felon from qualifying as a candidate for elected office in cities of the fourth classification.

HB 1368  – Admissibility of field tests. Allows certain types of field tests for controlled substances to be admissible as evidence in certain preliminary hearings and in an application for an arrest warrant.

HB 1382  – Restitution collection. Requires restitution to be paid through the office of the prosecuting or circuit attorney and authorizes certain administrative costs to be assessed and restitution to be taken from an inmate’s account. No position.

HB 1410  – Disabled inmates. Allows certain inmates who become physically or mentally disabled, infirm, incompetent, or incapacitated to be released on parole if they are eligible for specified federal medical or financial benefits.

HB 1413  – Service animals. Changes the laws regarding injury or death to a service dog and harassing a service dog.

HB 1420  – Death penalty moratorium. Establishes a commission on the death penalty and places a moratorium on all executions until January 1, 2015.

HB 1421  – Medical marijuana. Changes the laws regarding the classification of marijuana as a controlled substance and allows its use for medicinal purposes under certain conditions.

HB 1422 /SB 789– DNA profiling. Revises the laws regarding DNA profiling analysis. Not in scope.

HB 1426  – Unlawful use of weapons. Specifies that a person commits the crime of unlawful use of weapons if he or she possesses a firearm while also knowingly in possession of a specified amount of a controlled substance.

HB 1428 – Firearms. Revises the crime of unlawful use of weapons and authorizes the revocation of a concealed carry endorsement when the holder is convicted of committing a felony while in the possession of a firearm.

HB 1432  – Service animals. Adds professional therapy dog to the definition of “service dog” as it relates to crimes against these animals or crimes of impersonating a disabled person.

HB 1452  – Personal floatation devices. Requires any person younger than 14 years of age to wear an approved personal flotation device when on a watercraft on Missouri waters unless the person is in a fully enclosed part of the watercraft.

HB 1456 /SB 518 – Mental health assessment pilot program. Authorizes the Department of Corrections to establish a mental health assessment pilot program for certain criminal offenders. Support concept.

HB 1470  – Mandatory reporters of child abuse. Expands the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect to include a coach, scout leader, youth leader, and any volunteer who has direct contact with children.

HB 1474  – Intervention fees. Prohibits the Department of Corrections from charging an intervention fee to an inmate when he or she leaves prison.

HB 1482  – Unlawful possession of a firearm. Specifies that the provisions regarding the crime of unlawful possession of a firearm will not apply to the possession of rifles or shotguns by a person who has not been convicted of a violent felony.

HB 1483  – Local ordinances regarding firearms on public transportation. Specifies that a political subdivision cannot prohibit a person with a valid concealed carry endorsement from carrying a concealed firearm onto a train or public bus.

HB 1491  – Mandatory reporters of child abuse. Requires a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect to make a report and removes the option of causing a report to be made.

HB 1496  – Death penalty. Prohibits the imposition of the death penalty, halts pending executions, provides for resentencing of offenders sentenced to death, and changes the laws regarding the death penalty.

HB 1503 /HB 1516  – Assault of a utility worker. Creates the crimes of assault of a utility worker or an employee of a mass transit system in the first, second, and third degrees.

HCS HB 1515 /SB 689 – Crimes against elders. Changes the elements of the crime of elder abuse in the second degree and the crime of financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person. Support bar drafted Criminal Code revision.

HB 1520  – Death penalty. Repeals the provisions which allow for the use of the death penalty and specifies that certain persons sentenced to death must be sentenced to life without eligibility for parole.

SCS HCS HB 1525 /SB 699 – Justice Reinvestment Act. Establishes the Justice Reinvestment Act and changes the laws regarding criminal offenders under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Among other provisions, requires compliance credits to be given to offenders on probation parole or conditional release – such credits are equal to 30 days of time served for each month the offender remains in compliance; such credits reduce the duration of the term, but may be suspended or rescinded under certain circumstances; allows the division of probation and parole to place offenders in jail for short periods of time for violations of conditions under certain circumstances; requires a 120-day program before revocation of offender’s probation on a first revocation offence; establishes the Sentencing and Corrections Oversight Commission. No position.

HB 1532 /SB 755 – Vandalism. Establishes the House of Worship Act, creates the crime of disrupting a house of worship, and enhances the penalty for the crime of institutional vandalism.

HB 1534  – Affordable Care Act declaration. Declares the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as unauthorized by the United States Constitution and creates criminal penalties for persons enforcing or attempting to enforce the act.

HB 1551  – Drinking while boating. Creates the crime of operating a motorized vessel with excessive blood alcohol content when a person operates a motorized vessel on any navigable waterway with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1% or more.

HB 1553  – Expungement. Authorizes a one-time expungement of certain criminal records including a conviction for any nonviolent crime, misdemeanor, or nonviolent drug violation.

HB 1565  – Mandatory reporters. Requires mandatory reporters of child abuse to report when they are working or acting in their official capacity and allows them to report when they are not.

HB 1598  – Domestic Assault. Changes the criteria for domestic assault in the third degree to include three responses by law enforcement for alleged abuse or violation of an order of protection by the same person. Oppose.

HB 1599  – Death penalty. Changes the criteria for determining that the sentence for first degree murder will be life imprisonment without eligibility for parole instead of the death penalty. No position. Legislation would interface with bar's Criminal Code revision.

HB 1607 /SB 495 – CARE Act. Establishes the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act which requires hospitals and health care facilities to provide emergency contraception to sexual assault victims.

HB 1614  – Testing of violent offenders. Requires at least 10% of all testing of violent offenders placed on probation, parole, or conditional release to be completed by use of a hair follicle test.

HB 1624  – Clemency. Changes the laws regarding clemency in death penalty cases. Requires that any person seeking pardon, clemency or reprieve from the death penalty be represented by counsel and receive a full hearing. No position.

HB 1625  – Death penalty. Prohibits any state agent from seeking the death penalty on the basis of race and permits the use of statistical evidence in certain criminal and post-conviction relief proceedings in death penalty case. Support radically neutral sentencing.

HB 1645  – Expungement of misdemeanors. Authorizes the expungement of certain misdemeanor offenses after a period of eight years. Support concept.

HB 1658  – Financial responsibility. Changes the penalty for a person who fails to maintain motor vehicle financial responsibility.

HB 1677  – Expungement. Authorizes a person to apply to a court for the expungement of certain criminal records, including municipal offenses, infractions and misdemeanors. Support concept. Oppose $500 expungement petition fee for general reference.

HB 1681  – Assault on a police animal. Increases the penalty for the crime of assault on a police animal from a class C misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor.

HB 1690  – Expungement of certain offenses. Changes the laws regarding arrearages and the expungement of certain records related to criminal nonsupport. Support concept of expungement reform.

HB 1698  – Obstruction of justice. Creates the crime of obstruction of justice, when an individual knowingly does certain specified acts with the intent to prevent the apprehension or obstruct the prosecution of any person.

HCS HB 1700  – Classification of sexual offenders. Requires the classification of sexual offenders, establishes the Sex Offender Classification Board, creates the Sex Offender Classification Fund, and changes the laws regarding sexual offender registration.

HB 1721 – Parole for offenders who were minors. Allows offenders who were less than 18 years of age when their offense was committed and who received a life without parole or a minimum 50 year sentence to be eligible for parole after 15 years. No position. Legislation would interface with bar's Criminal Code revision.

HB 1743  – Sex offender registration. Requires sex offenders to be told of their obligation to register as a sex offender at the time of adjudication instead of the current requirement of prior to release or discharge.

HB 1799  – Recording of custodial interrogations. Requires all custodial interrogations to be recorded by removing the exemption when it is not feasible.

HB 1817  – Sentencing Advisory Commission. Specifies that the provisions regarding the Sentencing Advisory Commission cannot be construed to allow the commission to recommend a sentence in a specific pending court case. No position.

HB 1822  – DV orders of protection. Changes various provisions regarding domestic violence orders of protection. Among other provisions, allows a court to enter an ex parte order of protection to a petitioner or child on whose behalf a petition is filed where there is an immediate and present danger of domestic violence; prohibits any electronic public case information system from posting a name change if a petitioner is a victim of child abuse, domestic violence, or a crime that includes an underlying act of domestic violence.

HCS HB 1826 /SB 823 – Videoconference probation and parole hearings. Allows the board of probation and parole to conduct hearings with offenders via video conference. No position.

HB 1856  – Stoddard County Prosecutor. Allows Stoddard County to change the prosecutor’s position to a full-time position on January 1 of the year following approval by the voters.

HB 1867  – Bail bondsmen. Allows a court to accept, in lieu of a cash only bond, a guarantee from a surety who is in compliance with the general laws regulating bail bondsmen.

HB 1894  – Drug trafficking. Changes the laws regarding the crimes of trafficking drugs in the first and second degree by reducing the crack/powder cocaine ratio for purposes of classification.

HB 1897 /SB 872 – Missouri Criminal Code Revision. Rewrites the Missouri Criminal Code. Drafted by The Missouri Bar's Criminal Code Subcommittee.

SB 447 – Stealing and receiving stolen property. Adds mail to the list of types of property that, when stolen, increase the classification of the crimes of stealing and receiving stolen property to Class C felonies.

SB 457– Mandatory reporters. Modifies provisions of mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse.

SB 463 – Seat belt violations. Increases the fine for seat belt violations from $10 to $50.

SB 489 – Weapons. Authorizes the use of certain otherwise unlawful weapons and adopts a grandfather clause for firearms safety training certificate prior to 2011.

SB 506 – Assault of a mass transit worker. Creates the crimes of assault of an employee of a mass transit system while in the scope of his or her duties in the first, second, and third degree.

SB 518– Mental health assessment pilot program. Creates a mental health assessment pilot program for criminal offenders. Support concept.

SB 537 – Harassment. Increases the penalty for the crime of harassment.

SB 539 – Personal information of employees and customers. Creates a crime for employers who divulge certain personal information of employees and customers.

SB 556 – Adult sentences for juvenile offenders. Allows courts to suspend imposition of an adult criminal sentence for certain juvenile offenders. Support concept.

SB 559 – Expungement. Authorizes the expungement of certain criminal records after eight years have elapsed since the person has completed his or her imprisonment, period of probation, or period of parole and has not been convicted of or been placed on probation for any misdemeanor or felony during that time. Support concept.

SB 589– Red light camera fines. Requires political subdivisions using automated traffic enforcement systems to distribute such fines to local school districts for transportation purposes.

SB 600 – Federal notification to local law enforcement. Requires federal agents to personally notify the sheriff in the county where a federal warrant is to be served.

SB 610 – Prohibition on red light cameras. Prohibits political subdivisions from using automated photo red light enforcement systems to enforce red light violations.

SB 628 – Inmate Security Fund. Renames the Inmate Security Fund the “Inmate Prisoner Detainee Security Fund;” adds new uses for the fund, including information sharing systems and repair and replacement of those systems; allows certain law enforcement and other parts of the criminal justice system to utilize these resources for tracking. Not in scope.

SB 642 – Emergency zone violations. Increases penalties for moving violations and traffic offenses occurring within an active emergency zone.

SB 646 – Admissibility of field tests. Makes the results of certain types of field tests for controlled substances admissible as evidence in certain preliminary hearings and applications for arrest warrants.

SB 697 – Civil immunity for insurers in fraud investigations. Expands the civil immunity provided to insurers for furnishing information related to insurance fraud investigations.

SB 717 – Distracted driving. Creates the traffic offense of distracted driving.

SB 741 – Independent audit of federal seizures. Provides that law enforcement agencies only have to procure an independent audit of federal seizures if the proceeds from the federal seizures exceed $500,000.

SB 743 – Motorcycle helmets. Exempts motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle.


SB 779 – Traffic violation fees. Authorizes certain officials to charge six dollars for cases disposed of by a traffic violations bureau and creates the MODEX fund.

SB 786 – Audit of death penalty costs. Requires the state Auditor to audit and compare the costs of death penalty cases and first-degree murder cases in which the death penalty is not sought. Not in scope.

SB 804 – Crime of failure to vacate. Criminalizes the failure to vacate leased premises in a rent and possession case under chapter 535.

SB 805– Failure to yield. Increases the penalties and driver license suspension periods for those who fail to yield the right-of-way in certain instances.

SB 871 – Domestic Violence. Modifies provisions relating to domestic violence. Among other provisions, gives both ex parte and full orders of protection priority over non-emergency actions; amends the provisions requiring a court to dismiss a petitioner where there are insufficient allegations to state that the court shall deny the ex parte order and dismiss the petition; states that service on a custodial parent, guardian or guardian ad litem for a juvenile respondent requires the person to bring the respondent to court; requires court review for a motion to dismiss an order of protection to take place in camera rather than in open court.

SB 893 – Criminal history checks. Requires certain offenders to undergo criminal history checks in order to have their driver›s licenses reinstated or have limited driving privileges granted.

SB 897 – Roadside checkpoints. Prohibits law enforcement agencies from establishing roadside checkpoint or road block patterns based upon a particular vehicle type, including the establishment of motorcycle-only checkpoints.

SB 900 – OSCA and county debt. Requires the Office of State Courts Administrator to take certain actions when a person fails to pay, or honor an agreement to repay, debt owed to a county jail.

SB 903 – Dogfighting. (See Agricultural & Animal Law)

SB 908 – Trespass. Repeals the provisions of the infraction of second degree trespassing; amends the class B misdemeanor of trespassing such that a person is guilty of trespassing whether he or she was given notice or whether the property was posted, enclosed or fenced.

SJR 40 – Retrospective laws and propensity evidence. Amends the constitution to repeal the ban on retrospective laws and allow propensity evidence in certain cases. Oppose.

Index of Bills by Subject Matter

  • CCS - Conference Committee Substitute
  • HB - House Bill
  • HCS - House Committee Substitute
  • HS - House Substitute
  • HJR - House Joint Resolution
  • SB - Senate Bill
  • SCS - Senate Committee Substitute
  • SS - Senate Substitute
  • SJR - Senate Joint Resolution
  • * - Missouri Bar Committee-Drafted Legislation

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Elder Law 
Environmental & Energy Law 
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Insurance Law 
Judicial Administration 
Labor Law 
Local Law 
Media Law 
Military Law 
Poverty Law 
Probate & Trust Law 
Property Law 
Sports Law 
State Government
Taxation Law 
Tort Law
Transportation Law 
Workers' Compensation Law