Perhaps senator Matt Bartle
(R - Kansas City) is attempting to redeem himself after being voted "Ass Clown of the Week"
back in February.
Back then Daily RFT
readers didn't care much for Bartle's bill to outlaw nudity at Missouri strip clubs
. That said, I would venture to guess that most our readers would support Bartle's SB1014
, a bill passed by the Senate yesterday that would curb prison sentencing for non-violent offenders.
Bartle's bill looks to save the state about $26 million a year by
requiring that people convicted for the first time of drug possession
and other alcohol offenses not be sentenced to prison, but instead be
required to attend drug court, placed on parole or serve time in county
The bill also requires certain Class D felons, such as those
convicted of passing bad checks and other fraud, to have two prior
convictions before being sentenced to state prisons.
Bartle filed his bill back in February after the chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court William Ray Price berated legislators
about laws requiring non-violent offenders to serve prison terms.