Missouri Senate to Resume Criminal Code Debate
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Senate leaders say the chamber will resume debate this week on legislation to overhaul the state's criminal laws after temporarily stopping work to negotiate with Gov. Jay Nixon.
Nixon had expressed reservations about the 1,100-page measure and said it should be broken down into separate, more manageable bills.
But Senate leaders say they are prepared to press forward on a smaller 700-page version of the bill that would add new classes of felonies and misdemeanors.
The scaled-back measure distributed by its sponsors would also keep the current maximum $1,000 fine for first-degree marijuana offenses. Under the previous version, the maximum fine would have been reduced to $500. Unlike current law, jail term would be off the table under both versions.