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March 6, 2008

John Jacob Jingle-Hammerschmidt.

Filed under: missouri, politics, Uncategorized — akcb @ 3:15 am

A Cole County Circuit Judge struck down a provision included in a health insurance bill legalzing the services of certified midwives, based on its violation of the “Hammerschmidt rule,” a constitutional requirment that provisions added to bills must relate to the original title and intention of the bill (see Missouri Constitution, Article III, Sections 21 & 23). The case has been appealed to the State Supreme Court. I wondered why it was called the Hammerschmidt rule…

The rule gets its name from Hammerschmidt v. Boone County, a case heard by the Missouri Supreme Court in 1994 in which the Court struck down a provision creating a new form of county government from a bill originally intended to amend election laws.

The more you know…

One would hope legislators would be more careful with their bills and introductions to avoid shit like like the travesty currently afflicting HB 1619.

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