HCS/SB 73 - This act modifies various provisions relating to the judicial process.
DWI COURT IN JACKSON COUNTY - Under this act, if the department of probation and parole is otherwise unavailable to assist in the judicial supervision of any person who wishes to enter a DWI court, a court-approved private probation service may be utilized by the DWI court to fill the department's role. In such case, any and all necessary additional costs may be assessed against the participant. In no case shall any person be rejected from participating in DWI court for the reason that the person does not reside in the city or county where the applicable DWI court is located (Section 478.007).
MOTORCYCLE CHECKPOINTS - This act prohibits law enforcement agencies from establishing roadside checkpoint or road block patterns based upon a particular vehicle type, including the establishment of motorcycle-only checkpoints. Law enforcement agencies may establish roadside checkpoint patterns that only stop and check commercial motor vehicles. The provisions of the act shall not be construed to restrict any other type of checkpoint or road block which is lawful and is established and operated in accordance with the provisions of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Missouri. This portion of the act is identical to SB 897 (2012).
TRANSCRIPT FEES - Under current law, the court reporter for all transcripts of testimony given or proceedings in any circuit court must receive $2 per 25-line page for the original of the transcript and 35 cents per 25-line page for each regular size page. A judge may order a transcript of all or any part of the evidence or oral proceedings and the court reporter's fee to be paid by the state. The court must order the court reporter to furnish three copies of the transcripts of the notes of the evidence for which the court reporter must receive $2 per legal page and 20 cents per page for the copies.
This act repeals these provisions and specifies that in cases where an appeal is taken, the court reporter must receive the sum of $3.50 per legal page for the preparation of a paper and an electronic version of the transcript. In criminal appellate cases where the court determines the defendant is unable to pay the costs of the transcript, the court reporter must receive a fee of $2.60 per legal page and an electronic version of the transcript. Under the terms of the act, any judge, in his or her discretion, may order a transcript of all or any part of the evidence or oral proceedings and the court reporter must receive $2.60 per legal page for the preparation of a paper and an electronic version of the transcript. For purposes of this portion of the act, a legal page, other than the first page and the final page of the transcript, shall be 25 lines, approximately 8.5" by 11" in size, with the left-hand margin of approximately 1.5", and with the right-hand margin of approximately .5" (Section 488.2250)(HA 2).
MOTORCYCLE BRAKE LIGHTS - This act allows a motorcycle to be equipped with a means of varying the brightness of its brake light for a duration of not more than 5 seconds upon application of the vehicle's brakes. This provision is also contained in HB 715 (2013)(HA 4).