Senator Bob Dixon Receives Legislator of the Year Award From Prosecutors’ Association

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For Immediate Release:
Aug. 29, 2014
Contact: Eric Jennings
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Senator Bob Dixon Receives Legislator of the Year Award From Prosecutors’ Association

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) recently recognized Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, with a 2014 Legislator of the Year Award for his legislative work on behalf of Missouri’s criminal justice system. The award was presented on Aug. 27, 2014, during MAPA’s annual meeting.

“Missouri’s prosecutors are extremely grateful to Senator Dixon for his tireless efforts as a co-sponsor of the Revised Criminal Code,” said Matt Selby, MAPA president and Stone County prosecuting attorney. “Thanks to his hard work, Missouri has a modern, efficient criminal code that strongly promotes public safety and that is fit for the 21st century criminal justice system.”

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Sen. Dixon. “One of my highest priorities has been a strong, effective justice system that protects individual liberty and promotes a free society. Missouri prosecutors are dedicated to seeking justice for the citizens of our state, and it has been my privilege to ensure that they have the tools they need to fulfill this obligation, including the Revised Criminal Code.”

Senator Dixon was recognized for outstanding legislative achievement for the improvement of the criminal justice system, including his leadership role in the passage of the Revised Criminal Code (Senate Bill 491 and House Bill 1371). During his two years as Senate Judiciary Chair, Sen. Dixon has sponsored or handled key bills to improve the administration of justice in Missouri:

  • Senate Bill 621 (2014), relating to the administration of justice, which included the establishment of an ongoing Joint Committee on the Justice System;
  • House Bills 374 & 434 (2013), which included provisions relating to the reorganization of the state’s judicial circuits and providing for the rational distribution of judicial resources (originally filed as Senate Bill 21 and Senate Bill 22); and
  • House Bill 215 (2013), which updated and strengthened Missouri laws dealing with sex crimes, domestic violence, the prosecution of child predators and sexually violent predators, the collection of restitution for crime victims, and made significant changes to the state public defender system (originally filed as Senate Bill 414).

For more information on Sen. Dixon’s committee memberships and legislative work,