Missouri Republicans split on possible expert witness change
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A proposal supporters said would bring Missouri's court procedures for expert witness testimony more in line with federal standards has encountered strong opposition from two Republican senators seeking statewide office.
The measure would require expert witnesses to base testimony on sufficient facts and data and apply reliable principles and methods. Missouri's current law applies primarily to the facts, not the method by which they are analyzed.
Opponents, including Republican Sens. Kurt Schaefer and Eric Schmitt, said the legislation could increase litigation costs as expert witnesses are challenged more often.
Supporters said it would ensure the reliability of science used in court cases.
The opposing sides are set to work out concerns when lawmakers return from spring break next week.