HB 1065 – Small claims. Authorizes a corporation or unincorporated association to be represented in small claims court for certain actions by its president or vice-president for any claim of$500 or less. Oppose.
HB 1088 – Adoption checklist. Requires a checklist form to be completed prior to finalizing an adoption which verifies that all documents and procedures have been submitted, followed, and reviewed by the judge. Support concept of checklist as approved by Board of Governors. Oppose mandating Supreme Court to adopt a rule.
HCS HB 1110/SB 768 – Veterans courts. Allows a circuit court to establish a veterans treatment court to dispose of criminal cases which stem from substance abuse or mental illness of military veterans or current military personnel. Support concept of drug court. Support special docket veterans.
HCS HB 1171 – Juvenile Court jurisdiction.Changes the age when the juvenile court will have jurisdiction over a child involving a state or local traffic violation from a child up to 15 1/2 years of age to a child up to 15 years of age. Support.
HB 1206 – Denial of participation ininter scholastic activity. Allows a student who has been denied the privilege to participate in an interscholastic activity under certain conditions to petition the court for a restraining order prohibiting enforcement of the denial. Oppose.
HCS HB 1211 – Franklin County municipal court.Authorizes Franklin County to establish a county municipal court if approved by the county commission. No position.
HCS HB 1258, 1259, & 1260 – Adoption.Changes the laws regarding the acknowledgment of paternity and consent to an adoption. No position.
HB 1260 – TPR and adoption. Waives a man’s right to intervene in a termination of parental rights or adoption action unless he has had a previous and consistent relationship with the child. No position.
HB 1288 – Child support orders. Requires the Missouri Supreme Court to establish by rule the specific language to be included in all child support orders detailing the specific rights and obligations of the parents and the child. Oppose.
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.
HCS HB 1342/SB 613 – Loser pays. Changes the laws regarding the recovery of costs and attorney fees by the prevailing defendant in a civil action. Oppose.
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 1391 – Civil case surcharges. Changes the laws regarding the charging of a surcharge in civil court cases for certain circuits that reimburse the state for salaries of family court commissioners. Support adequate judicial resources for Greene County. Oppose funding mechanism.
HB 1416 – St. Louis County Courthouse security. Specifies that an attorney who presents a current valid Missouri Bar membership card to St. Louis County Courthouse security must not be subject to any security screening. No position.
HB 1460 – Statewide Court Automation Fund.Extends the expiration date of the Statewide Court Automation Fund to September1, 2018, and requires the Court Automation Committee to complete its duties by September 1, 2020. Support.
HB 1469 – Ejectment in small claims. Authorizes a landlord to bring an action to remove a tenant without being represented by an attorney and to file a claim in small claims court for the ejectment of a tenant to obtain possession of a premises. Oppose.
HB 1473 – Driver’s license suspensions and revocations. Specifies that filing a petition for trial de novo results in the stay of the driver’s license suspension or revocation order and the issuance of a temporary license until a final order is issued.
HB 1492 – Cass County municipal court.Authorizes Cass County to establish a county municipal court. No position.
HB 1505/SB 909 – Business records as evidence. Renames The Uniform Business Records as Evidence Law to The Records of Regularly Conducted Activity as Evidence Law and specifies what documents are not excluded by the hearsay rule of evidence. Oppose.
HB 1512/SB 676 – International laws.Establishes the Civil Liberties Defense Act which specifies how courts may rule in contractual disputes involving the laws of other countries and in jurisdictional issues involving other countries. Oppose.
HCS HB 1525/SB 699 – Justice Reinvestment Act. (See Criminal Law) No position.
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 1553 – Expungement. Authorizes a one-time expungement of certain criminal records including a conviction for any nonviolent crime, misdemeanor,or nonviolent drug violation.
HB 1560 – Appointments of St. Louis City Circuit Court Clerk. Changes the selection of the circuit clerk in the 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis City from being elected by the qualified voters to being appointed by a majority of the circuit judges of the circuit.
HB 1583 – Juvenile psychiatric evaluations.Grants authority to the juvenile court to order psychiatric evaluations of a juvenile and to order admittance to a mental health facility upon the recommendation of such evaluations. Support.
HCS HB 1585 – Landlord-tenant actions.(See Property Law) Oppose.
HB 1611/SB 670 – Nonjudicial foreclosure.Allows a debtor facing nonjudicial foreclosure of real estate under a power of sale to elect to participate in dispute resolution or convert to judicial foreclosure. Oppose the concept of mandatory mediation.
HB 1615 – Tort action for conduct or speech at a public hearing. Changes the laws regarding actions against a person for conduct or speech at a public hearing or meeting by allowing special motions to dismiss, judgment on the pleadings, or summary judgment in these cases. Support.
HB 1627 – Nondisclosure of judges’ personal information. Expands the restriction on the release of the home address or other information contained in Department of Revenue motor vehicle or driver registration records to include state and federal judges. Support.
HB 1636 – Municipal ordinance violations in associate circuit court or county municipal court. Allows certain cities, town, and villages to elect to have only certain municipal ordinance violations heard by an associate circuit court or county municipal court. Support adequate accommodation for defendants with special needs.
HB 1645 –Expungement of misdemeanors. Authorizes theexpungement of certain misdemeanor offenses after a period of eight years. Support concept.
HB 1667 – Civil court filing surcharges.Authorizes a $20 civil court filing surcharge for certain circuits.
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 1690 – Expungement. Changes the laws regarding arrearages and the expungement of certain records related to criminal nonsupport. Support concept of expungement reform.
HB 1729 – Transfer of Taney County Court.Transfers Taney County from the 38th Judicial Circuit to the newly established46th Judicial Circuit and specifies that the 38th Judicial Circuit will consist only of Christian County. Support concept of adequate judiciary.
HCS HB 1754 – Composition of judicial circuits.Changes the composition of certain judicial circuits. Support concept of adequate judiciary with sufficient judges to provide access to judges.
HB 1790 – Admissibility of children’s statements. Changes the requirements for court admissibility of statements of children. Removes the requirement that an offense be performed with or on a child with regard to admissibility of a hearsay statement of a child under the age of 14. No position.
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 1848 – Composition of appellate districts.Changes the composition of the Missouri court of appeals districts. Oppose.
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.
HCS HJR 44 – Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.Proposes a constitutional amendment changing the composition of nonpartisan judicial commissions and increasing the number of candidates nominated to the Governor for certain judicial vacancies. Oppose.
HJR 77 – Statewide judicial elections. Proposes a constitutional amendment repealing the provisions regarding the selection of judges and requires all judges to be elected. Oppose.
HJR 82 – Composition of the Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline. Proposes a constitutional amendment altering the composition of the judicial Commission on Retirement, Removal, and Discipline. Oppose.
SB 502 – Jury duty. Allows elected officials tobe excused from jury duty during their term of office. Oppose.
SB 525 – Judicial elections. Provides for nonpartisan elections of judicial candidates and forbids certain judges and candidates from engaging in political activities. No position.
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. (See Criminal Law)
SB 574 – County ordinance violations. Allows associate circuit judges in Greene and Cass counties to hear and determine county ordinance violations.
SB 614 – Bad faith suits. Requires courts to award costs and attorney’s fees to a party when a case has no basis in law or an attorney acts in bad faith.
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 669 – Elected official retirement plans. Modifies the retirement plans for judges, statewide elected officials, and members of the General Assembly who first take office after January 1, 2013. Oppose.
SB 704 – Inverse condemnation. Requires inverse condemnation or dangerous public property suits against municipal corporations be brought in the county where the land or any part lies. Support.
SB 765 – Surcharge for processing garnishments. Authorizes circuit clerks to collect a surcharge for processing garnishments. Oppose: support adequate funding for clerks, oppose creating special fund.
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 863 – Parenting plans. Requires parents to file parenting plans after paternity has been established in court.
SB 888 – County municipal courts. Authorizes Franklin County and Clay County to establish a municipal court if approved by the county commission.
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.
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.
SJR 41 – Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. Provides for election of certain judges and appointment by Governor of a Supreme Court judge. Oppose.
SJR 42 – Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. Provides for appointment of all nonpartisan court plan judges by the Governor with confirmation of appointments by the Senate. Oppose.
SJR 45 – Missouri enforcement of federal actions. Prohibits Missouri state government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of certain actions of the federal government. Oppose.
SJR 51 – Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. Modifies the composition of nonpartisan judicial commissions. Oppose.