JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri General Assembly passed several bills allowing changes in the states justice system.
"I have secured funding in the state budget for one additional circuit judge for Greene County," says Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield. "That is final, that's actually gone to the governor."
Sen. Dixon's office says legislation also passed to create a framework to redraw the state's judicial circuit boundaries, for the first time since 1959, in accordance with population and other changes.
"Keeping our courts open and administering justice efficiently and effectively are core functions of state government," said Sen. Dixon in a prepared statement. "This bill provides greater flexibility in tight fiscal times, allowing the judiciary to make the best use of its existing resources where they are needed most. At the same time, ultimate responsibility still rests with elected representatives in the General Assembly."
Sen. Dixon, R-Springfield, headed up the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee this session.