JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, discusses Senate Bill 748, legislation that seeks to allow courts to depart from a statutorily required minimum prison term when sentencing a defendant, and Senate Bill 949, a measure that would establish a reading intervention program for students in kindergarten to third grade. Both of these proposals were heard in committee last week.
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Emery-Podcast-030118 (4:33) Q: the 4th grade.
- Senator Emery says he believes mandatory, minimum prison sentences remove discretion from Missouri’s courts.
Emery-1-030118 (:29) Q: in every situation.
- Senator Emery adds there is talk of building two new prisons in Missouri. He says the price tag would be around $500 million.
Emery-2-030118 (:32) Q: of those minimums.
- Senator Emery also says Mississippi has improved reading proficiency.
Emery-3-030118 (:31) Q: mathematics or science.
- Senator Emery says reading is essential.
Emery-4-030118 (:29) Q: the 4th grade.