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Legislative Update: Legislature completes first full week, committee assignments announced

The first full legislative week of the 2023 Regular Session was primarily dominated by organizational matters. The Senate and the House of Representatives have each approved the procedural rules for their respective chambers, including the reorganization of committees. In addition, the Senate has started its review of gubernatorial nominations made during the legislative interim.

2023 Introduced Legislation

To date, legislators have introduced approximately 753 House bills, 493 Senate bills, and 83 joint resolutions (proposed constitutional amendments). The final day for the introduction of regular legislation for the present session will be Wednesday, March 1, 2023. 

To see more bills of interest, organized by subject or practice area, visit The Missouri Bar’s Legislative Engagement Center (and bookmark the page). These bills of interest feeds are automatically updated with the latest status of the bills listed and provide links to individual bill webpages. The bills of interest listed at the end of this update are just a sample of those already introduced this year, many of which could significantly impact the administration of justice, the integrity of the judiciary, or the dignity of the profession of law. If you have any questions or comments about specific legislation, please contact Government Relations staff at 573-659-2280 or govrel@mobar.org for more information.   

Committees of Interest


   Rep. David Evans, Chair       
   Rep. Cody Smith, Chair 
General Laws 
   Rep. Alex Riley, Chair
Children and Families 
   Rep. Hannah Kelly, Chair
Crime Prevention and Public Safety 
   Rep. Lane Roberts, Chair
Emerging Issues 
    Rep. Bill Hardwick, Chair 
Financial Institutions 
    Rep. Michael O’Donnell, Chair
General Laws 
    Rep. Alex Riley, Chair


Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence 
   Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, Chair
   Sen. Lincoln Hough, Chair
General Laws 
   Sen. Mike Bernskoetter, Chair
Health and Welfare 
    Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Chair
Insurance and Banking 
    Sen. Sandy Crawford, Chair 
Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety 
    Sen. Travis Fitzwater, Chair


Lawyer-Legislators – Committee Assignments

On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, President Pro Tempore Rowden and Minority Floor Leader Rizzo submitted Senate committee appointments.  Senate lawyer-legislators will be serving on the following committees:

Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R – Jefferson)Health and Welfare, Chair 
Fiscal Oversight
Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Local Government and Elections
Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R – Platte)Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence, Chair
Appropriations, Vice Chair
Gubernatorial Appointments
Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions, and Ethics 
Sen. Steven Roberts (D – St. Louis City)Economic Development and Tax Policy
Fiscal Oversight
Insurance and Banking
Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Veterans, Military Affairs, and Pensions
Sen. Nick Schroer (R – St. Charles)Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence, Vice Chair
Education and Workforce Development
Emerging Issues
Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety
Veterans, Military Affairs, and Pensions
Sen. Curtis Trent (R – Greene)Insurance and Banking, Vice Chair
Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment
Education and Workforce Development
Governmental Accountability
Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Sen. Barbara Anne Washington (D – Jackson)Agriculture, Food Production, and Outdoor Resources
Health and Welfare
Local Government and Elections

On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, Speaker Dean Plocher submitted House majority party committee appointments, and minority party committee assignments will follow.  House lawyer-legislators will be serving on the following committees: 

Rep. Marlon Anderson (D – St. Louis)Forthcoming
Rep. John F. Black (R – Marshfield)Appropriations Subcommittee – Health, Mental Health, and Social Services, Chair
Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R – St. Peters)Insurance Policy, Chair
Appropriations Subcommittee – Education 
Elementary and Secondary Education
Rep. Anthony T. Ealy (D – Grandview)Forthcoming
Rep. David P. Evans (R – West Plains)Judiciary, Chair
Appropriations Subcommittee – Public Safety, Corrections, Transportation, and Revenue, Vice Chair
Rules – Regulatory Oversight
Consent and House Procedure
Rep. Bill Hardwick (R – Waynesville)Emerging Issues, Chair
Workforce and Infrastructure Development
Crime Prevention and Public Safety
Rep. Justin Hicks (R – Lake St. Louis)General Laws, Vice Chair
Ways and Means
Crime Prevention and Public Safety
Rep. Ben Keathley (R – Chesterfield)Utilities, Vice Chair
Appropriations Subcommittee – General Administration 
Healthcare Reform
Professional Registration and Licensing
Rep. Ian Mackey (D – St. Louis)Forthcoming
Rep. Doug Mann (D – Columbia)Forthcoming
Rep. Peter J. Merideth (D – St. Louis)Consent and House Procedure, Ranking Minority Member
Other committee assignments forthcoming
Rep. Cameron Parker (R – Campbell)Professional Registration and Licensing, Vice Chair
Agriculture Policy
Insurance Policy
Speaker Dean Plocher (R – Des Peres)Ex office member of all House committees
Rep. Renee M. Reuter (R – Imperial)Budget
General Laws
Appropriations Subcommittee – General Administration
Rep. Louis Riggs (R – Hannibal)Workforce and Infrastructure Development, Chair 
Appropriations Subcommittee – General Administration, Vice Chair
Appropriations Subcommittee – Health, Mental Health, and Social Services
Government Efficiency and Downsizing
Rep. Alex Riley (R – Springfield)General Laws, Chair
Rules – Regulatory Oversight
Election Contests (special committee)
Crime Prevention and Public Safety
Elections and Elected Officials
Rep. Robert Sauls (D – Independence)Forthcoming
Rep. David Tyson Smith (D – Columbia)Forthcoming
Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D – Shrewsbury)Forthcoming
Rep. Rudy Veit (R – Wardsville)Corrections and Public Institutions, Chair
Judiciary, Vice Chair
Legislative Review
Transportation Accountability

Legislative Dates to Remember

First Regular Session

Pre-filing of legislation begins

December 1, 2022

Session convenes (first Wednesday following first Monday in January)

January 4, 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No Session

January 16, 2023

Governor’s State of the State Address

January 18, 2023

Chief Justice’s State of the Judiciary Address

February 8, 2023

President’s Day – No Session

February 20,  2023

Final day to introduce legislation

March 1, 2023

Legislative Spring Break

March 13–17, 2023

Easter Break – No Session

April 10, 2023

Final day for floor action on appropriations bills (first Fri. following first Mon. in May)

May 5, 2023

Final day for floor action on bills (first Fri. following second Mon. in May)

May 12, 2023

Session adjourns pursuant to constitution

May 30, 2023

Final day for governor to act on appropriations bills

June 30, 2022

Final day for governor to act on bills passed during regular session

July 14, 2023

Effective date of enacted bills from regular session (unless bill provides otherwise)

  August 28, 2023

Veto Session

Session convenes to reconsider vetoed bills (first Wed. following second Mon. in September)

September 13, 2023

Effective date of bills passed over veto (unless bill provides otherwise or veto session lasts more than a single day)

October 13, 2023