Friday, August 12, 2011
St. Peters Aldermen decide not to change city code to make seat belt violations a primary traffic offense.
Seat belt laws in St. Peters won’t be changing. The Missouri Department of Highway Transportation asked the city to consider making seatbelt laws a primary violation. Currently a driver can’t be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt—the driver can only be reprimanded if the traffic stop is for another reason, like speeding. State legislation hasn’t moved forward to make seatbelt use a primary violation, so cities are being asked to alter their own laws. New Melle is the only city in St. Charles County to change the seatbelt laws and, after Thursday, the number won’t change. The Board of Aldermen turned down a proposal during Thursday’s work session to modify seat belt laws in the city. Aldermen Tommy Roberts (Ward 3), Jerry Hollingsworth…
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The order will remain in effect until an official ruling is reached in Westboro Baptist lawsuit against the county.
- Joe Scott
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
A U.S. District Court judge blocked St. Charles County from enforcing its ban on picketing within 300 feet of funerals until a ruling is reached in the lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig issued a preliminary injunction Monday that will block the county from enforcing the law, preventing it from going into effect Feb. 7. Assistant County Counselor Bob Hoeynck said the ruling doesn’t mean Fleissig has decided the case. “In fact, she states that in her ruling, that this doesn’t mean the law is unconstitutional,” Hoeynck said. “It just means there is a possibility that they would win in a full-blown trial.” Two Westboro Baptist Church members are challenging the county law in federal court, claiming it violates their First Amendment …
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
New laws took effect on Jan. 1, 2011.
While most Missouri laws go into effect Aug. 28 of the year in which the legislation passed, four new laws went into effect on Jan. 1: HB 1311: Thanks to the House bill 1311, thousands of Missouri kids affected by autism will now be eligible for health insurance coverage for the treatments they need. All group health benefit plans are now required to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, and coverage will be limited to treatments ordered by qualified physicians that are considered medically necessary. The new law requires that health insurance plans cover up to $40,000 per year for each affected child, and it provides a new licensing requirement for behavior analysts who treat autism. HB1868: In an effort to save…