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Missouri lawmakers would create a permanent joint committee on the state's criminal justice system under bills awaiting action by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The panel would review criminal laws, law enforcement, prison issues and state efforts related to terrorism and homeland security. The committee would include members of the House and Senate, with the state's chief justice, the state auditor and the attorney general as ex officio members.

  Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed a comprehensive rewrite of Missouri's criminal code to become law without his signature.

Nixon says the 645-page bill contains drafting errors that could weaken both DWI laws and laws to combat methamphetamine production.

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After several years of work and two major legislative pushes, Missouri lawmakers have finally passed legislation to update the state’s criminal code. 

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The Missouri Senate has given preliminary approval to legislation that would overhaul the state's criminal laws and create new punishment ranges for felonies and misdemeanors.

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Missouri Senate leaders say the chamber could continue debate this week on a proposed overhaul of the state's criminal laws despite Gov. Jay Nixon's reservations.

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The Missouri Senate began work last week on an overhaul of the state's criminal code, but obstacles still remain to get the bill across the finish line.

The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

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Missouri prosecutors and victim advocacy groups are urging the Legislature to pass an overhaul of the state's criminal laws.

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Missouri Senate leaders say legislation to revamp the state's criminal laws could be debated on the floor this week.

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Missouri lawmakers are considering an overhaul of the state's criminal laws this year that would include the creation of new felony and misdemeanor classes.

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The Missouri Legislature has adjourned for the year, but the work will go on for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Efforts to update Missouri’s criminal code have stalled in the state Senate, where Senator Tom Dempsey declared the bill is dead for this legislative session.

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The top lawmaker in the Missouri Senate says there will be no vote this year on a revision of the state's criminal laws or a $1.2 billion bonding program. Both measures already passed the House. But Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says they are too complex to bring up with just a few days remaining before Friday's mandatory adjournment for the 2013 session.

Nearly a full month of hearings wrapped up Monday into a Missouri Senate bill that would revise the state’s criminal code, but it may already be too late to get the bill to the Governor’s desk this year.

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This week on the show, we’ll talk about some of the major issues the state legislature plans to take on this semester. Some very familiar, others not so much.