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Missouri Bar honors four Missouri lawmakers

The Missouri Bar presents Legislative Awards annually to Missouri legislators who have played a key role in supporting legislation of interest to the state bar or who have taken the lead in sponsoring bar-drafted legislation within the Missouri General Assembly.

This year, during The Missouri Bar Foundation and Public Service Awards Luncheon, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, four lawmakers took home the honor. Those recipients were Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City;  Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield; Rep. Michael Colona, D-St. Louis; and Rep. Joe Don McGaugh, R-Carrollton.

In 2016, Curls cosponsored the bar-drafted Senate Bill  588, which reduces the amount of time that must pass before nonviolent criminal records may be sealed. Dixon, who currently chairs the Senate Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, sponsored the bill. Colona is a Missouri lawyer and has a long record of supporting bar-drafted bills. McGaugh is chair of the House Civil and Criminal Proceedings Committee and sponsored the bar-drafted House Bill 2034, which specifies that attorneys and title insurers shall not be prohibited from preparing real estate drawings or legal descriptions.

Click here to watch the four discuss their work.

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