This week, the House Special Committee on Criminal Justice approved House Committee Bill 2, sponsored by Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin). A House Committee Bill is different than a regular House Bill in that it is filed after the deadline for bills to be filed, and represents a priority of the committee. HCB 2 is mirrored after the First Step Act, which was signed into federal law last year. The bill, called the Missouri First Step Act, is a comprehensive criminal justice reform package. The omnibus bill includes a ban on shackling pregnant inmates, would eliminate the practice of jailing people who owe counties for room and board assessed during incarceration, and would give ex-felons the opportunity to work in restaurants and grocery stores that sell alcohol or lottery tickets. The bill also establishes various provisions related to the prohibition of discriminatory policing. The committee approved HCB 2, and it now goes onto the House Calendar.
March 29, 2019 - 2:00pm