Senate passes bill for higher expert witnesses requirements

4 years 2 months 1 week ago Thursday, January 21 2016 Jan 21, 2016 Thursday, January 21, 2016 1:39:03 PM CST January 21, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate passed a bill that would add requirements for expert witnesses' testimony.

Senators voted 20-10 in favor of the bill Thursday. It now heads to the House.

Republican bill sponsor Sen. Mike Parson said there have been cases when expert witnesses gave opinions beyond their knowledge. The new bill said experts' opinions must be based on sufficient facts and reliable principles and methods.

Bipartisan opponents said the bill could increase court costs.

Current Missouri law applies primarily to the facts presented to a jury, not the way an expert interprets those facts.

The proposal wouldn't apply to juvenile courts or family courts.

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