Governor Parson Vetoes Treatment Court Bill

Stating in his veto letter that treatment courts serve a valuable purpose in both judicial and corrections system, Governor Parson nonetheless vetoed a bill to expand treatment courts. In his veto message, Governor Parson said that HB 2562 contained thirteen different subjects, many of which do not appear to relate to the final title of “courts”. Noting that the Missouri Constitution prohibits any bill from being “so amended in its passage through either house as to change is original purpose”, he refused to sign the bill that contained parts not germane to the original subject. Governor Parson’s letter states his regret that treatment courts will not move forward this year, but is willing to consider improving and expanding treatment courts in the next legislative session.