A life sciences jobs bill signed into law last year but blocked this year was heard today by the Missouri Supreme Court.
The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, would use a funding mechanism to draw more high-tech jobs to Missouri. Known then as Senate Bill 7, it included language tying its passage to that of a tax credit bill (Senate Bill 8), which did not pass during the 2011 special legislative session. Governor Jay Nixon (D) signed the MOSIRA bill, anyway, but Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green (R) ruled it unconstitutional in February because of the language tying it to the dead bill. Solicitor General Jim Layton argued for the state before the High Court, saying that the MOSIRA bill can be legally severed from the other bill.
Judge William Ray Price, Jr. served on the Missouri Supreme Court for 20 years including two terms as chief justice.
Price left the high court earlier this month to return to private practice.
During his time on the Supreme Court, Price was a staunch supporter of Missouri’s drug courts and argued the state puts too many non-violent offenders in prison.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman spoke with the judge about why it’s important to seek alternatives to prison and other issues facing Missouri courts.
Updated 6:03 p.m. with reaction
The Missouri Supreme Court will not set execution dates for six death row inmates until a court case over the state's new execution protocol is resolved.
Well, the Missouri Supreme Court has certainly done its part for the news cycle today with an array of decisions.
Here's a quick taste of what happened, and links to our separate stories so you can dig in to find out more about each.
The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a judge should not have appointed a public defender to a client after the public defenders alerted the courts they had too many cases.
The court handed down the 4-3 decision Tuesday.
The case goes back to July 2010 when a Christian County judge appointed a public defender despite their "limited availability" status.
Christian County prosecutor Amy Fite says it’s hard on victims and defendants when cases are held up.
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