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Missouri Supreme Court upholds most provisions of municipal court reform law

Missouri Supreme Court upholds most provisions of municipal court reform law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court’s latest issued ruling is striking down provisions of a controversial municipal court reform law, SB 5. While signing the bill into law, then Gov. Jay Nixon called it the “most sweeping” municipal court reform bill in state history. Now, it’s losing some of its effect. The law,


Schmitt reflects on SB 5 and SB 572

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When SB 572 passed last week, it marked the completion of what some see as significant civil rights legislation in response to the unrest in Ferguson two years ago, joining last year’s SB 5. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, addresses municipalities using non-moving violation citations to generate revenue.

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With municipal help, ‘SB 5, Part 2’ sent to governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After long debate throughout session and much input from municipalities across the state, SB 572 – dubbed “SB 5, Part 2” – is being sent to Gov. Jay Nixon for his signature. The final passage was immediately praised by sponsor Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale. #SB5 sequel gets bipartisan approval! SB572 headed to

SB572 passes senate, sent back to fiscal review

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – SB572, dubbed as the second act to last year’s SB5 offered also by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, passed unanimously in the Senate Tuesday. SB572 seeks to modify provisions relating to municipal courts, local abatement ordinances, and disincorporation procedures. Additionally, the bill sets a minimum standard by requiring an annual audit of St.


Supporters of SB 5 plot course after court ruling

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Key provisions of SB 5, last year’s bill that sought to crack down on municipal governments that abused their power, were struck down by a Cole County Circuit judge Monday. The decision sent shock waves through Jefferson City and the rest of the state, particularly in St. Louis’ outlying municipalities, some


Parts of SB 5 thrown out in Cole Co. court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon E. Beetem issued a judgment Monday in a case dealing with last year’s municipal court reforms passed in SB 5, which reduced the limit certain municipalities could collect from traffic fines and court costs collected by municipal courts. The decision will cut back on some of the reforms

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TWMP: Auditor Nicole Galloway and the Missouri Republican Presidential Primary

On Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn welcomes first-time guest Auditor Nicole Galloway to talk about her first year in office, the crazy week in the Missouri Senate – including her pride in Senate Democrats for filibustering and her personal opposition to SJR 39 – and her work in the fight


Municipal reform heads to House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate took up municipal court reform this week, building upon last year’s SB 5 success, sending the measure to the House on Wednesday. The bill came up for perfection on the same day Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit on the city of Foley, showing a town of less than

Local governments not filing financial reports correctly

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Continuing the municipal courts initiative, Auditor Nicole Galloway released the first in a series of monthly summary reports focusing on state law compliance of local governments. Wednesday’s summary showed 52 percent of the local governments required to file annual financial reports did so as state law determines. Of the 391 local

Schmitt pre-files bill to continue municipal court reforms

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, has filed a bill that will build upon last session’s SB5, which limited the amount of revenue municipalities could derive from traffic fines and court costs. The new bill seeks to also cap revenue derived from ordinance violations. The senator said the bill is an effort to