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2019 Criminal Justice Legislation (updated 3/11/19)
The 2020 legislative session began on January 8. Developments will be posted when new information is received.

HB 64 Unsicker, Sarah (D) Abolishes the death penalty (Support) Last Action: 1-10-19 H Read second time.

HB 113 Smith, Cody (R) Allows the court to depart from minimum sentencing provisions in certain circumstances. (Support)
Last Action: Passed full House; reported to Senate and read first time 2/21/19.

HB 152 Ellington, Brandon (D) Modifies when a person may be eligible for parole if such person was under 21 years of age when the offense was committed and was sentenced after January 1, 1976. (Support) Last Action: 1-10-19 H Read second time.

HB 153 Ellington, Brandon (D) Requires the Department of Corrections to perform specified actions to improve the ability of working inmates to obtain employment upon release from incarceration. (Support) 
Last Action: 1-10-19 H Read second time.

HB 154 Ellington, Brandon (D) Establishes the Missouri Innocence Commission (Support) 
Last Action: 1-10-19 H Read 2nd time.

HB 192 DeGroot, Bruce (R) Removes imprisonment as penalty for failure to pay fines (Support) 
Last Action: Passed full House; Senate first read 3/4/19.

HB 195 Neely, James( R) Allows a court to reduce a life without parole sentence to a sen-tence of life with eligibility for parole in certain circumstances. (Support) Last Action: Pub-lic hearing completed before House Special Committee on CJ 2/21/19; Remarks: need to contact committee members to urge vote out of committee.

HB 230 Dinkins, Chris (R) would allow Corrections Department records to be closed and exempt from Sunshine Law. Passed House; on informal calendar 3/6/19. (Oppose) Remarks: This is a very dangerous bill. Urge Senators to vote against it.

HB 304 Roberts, Steve (D) Provides that certain mandatory minimum sentences may be discretionary and creates provisions when a person is eligible for a parole hearing. (Support) Last Action: 1-10-19 H Read second time.

HB 352 Hannegan, Tom (R) Authorizes the early parole of certain offenders over the age of sixty-five. (Support) Last Action: Passed full House, perfected, placed on informal calendar 2/27/19.

HB 353 Hannegan, Tom (R) Provides that a person cannot be sentenced to death if he or she raises the issue that he or she suffered from a serious mental illness at the time of the commission of the offense. (Support) Last Action: 2/27/19 referred to Health & Mental Health Policy Committee.

HB 430 Hurst, Tom (R) would require prisoners to perform hard labor (Oppose) Last Action: 1-10-19 H Read second time.

HB 520 Roden, Shane (R) Creates the offense of failure to prosecute. (Oppose) Remarks: Creates a new crime to use as a weapon against prosecuting attorneys who are promoting criminal justice reform and being "smart on crime" instead of just "tough". Last Action: Referred to General Laws committee 2/11/19.

SB 1 Kurls, Kiki (D) Expands list of crimes that can be expunged. Last Action: Judiciary Committee voted Do Pass 3/11/19.

SB 8 Emery, Ed (R) Allows courts to depart from a statutorily required minimum prison term when sentencing a defendant (Support) Last Action: 3/11/19 heard before Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 74 May, Karla (D) Modifies provisions relating to mandatory prison terms and eligibility for parole (Support) Last Action: 3/11/19 heard before Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 393 Hough (R) Requires Medicaid benefits of prisoners to be suspended rather than terminated. (Support) Last Action: Hearing Scheduled S Seniors, Families and Children Committee 3/13/19.
State Priority: In Gov. Parson’s State of the State speech, he embraced criminal justice reform: “As a former sheriff and law enforcement officer for over 22 years, I understand, firsthand, the importance of reentry programs and alternative sentencing. We need to be more efficient in these programs so we truly offer a second chance, AND, as Governor, I am NOT interested in building more prisons.”