SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– When it comes to altering federal and state law it may seem there is very little we here in Springfield can do but according to Collin Quigley with the City of Springfield, there’s at least some amount of influence the city is capable of exercising.
“It expresses their intent on bills and changes to state and federal laws,” says Quigley.
Council reviewed a list of legislative priorities on Monday. A list Quigley says the city hopes to soon present to a city-appointed lobbyist whose job is to express Springfield’s interest to state legislators.
“We have an individual who works with us and he can work with our local delegation to try to get a topic of municipal interest onto a bill or in a bill,” says Quigley.
The list of preferences includes proposed changes to a number of current and coming state laws but one of the more high priority items in regard to a senate bill passed last year.
“It was senate bill 572. They took out a provision that was beneficial to citizens,” says Quigley.
According to Quigley the bill limits the available responses to missed court dates across the sate.
“A traffic violation. You don’t appear at the court. You get a ticket. You don’t show up. The only thing we can do is issue an arrest warrant,” says Quigley.
Now the city is hoping to change that part of the senate bill and respond the way they used to be able to.
“Prior to Senate bill 572 this issue we were able to issue a license suspension after giving 30 days notice for them to come in,” he explains.
A time of less arrest warrants… I guess that’s why they call it a grace period.
“It’s a much kinder gentler way of getting peoples attention to come to municipal court to take care of their violations,” Quigley says.