106 New Laws Take Effect in Missouri
Aug. 28 means that most of Missouri's new laws passed earlier this year are now in effect.
They include House Bill 1568, which allows anyone to buy naloxone without a prescription, which can then be administered to someone suffering an overdose from heroin or a prescription opioid. It was sponsored by Rep. Steve Lynch of Pulaski County.
"One of the most critical things about a heroin or opioid overdose is minutes; you only really have about 5 to 7 minutes to be able to be able to administer (it)," he said. "That's why it's so important to get it to the homes … somebody is around most of the time, and that's where most of the overdoses happen."
Also taking effect Sunday is HB 1562, which expands the crime of sexual trafficking to include advertising a child participating in a "commercial sexual act." Lynch co-sponsored that measure.
"These people are being advertised, particularly on some Internet websites. Missouri (has not had) a comprehensive law that addresses this advertising of (the) availability of a person for purposes of sexual exploitation," Lynch said. "The goal of this is then to shut down these Internet sites that are being used to help these traffickers find buyers."
Missouri's 106 new laws also include the three ethics bills that made it out of the 2016 legislative session.
Under House Bill 1979, former lawmakers and statewide elected officials who want to become lobbyists now have to wait at least six months before getting started. Earlier proposals would have created 1- and 2-year waiting periods, but those versions went nowhere.
House Bill 2203 requires ex-lawmakers to dissolve their campaign committees before becoming lobbyists, and it requires that unspent campaign funds be held in bank accounts that can make them readily available. Also, House Bill 1983 bars current House and Senate members and statewide officeholders from working as paid political consultants.
Other new laws taking effect Sunday include:
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