Several bills have been introduced this year for the establishment of veterans courts. This week a hearing was held in both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Veterans Committee regarding special courts for military personnel. SB 118, sponsored by Senator Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit) and HB 309, sponsored by Representative Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs), would establish veterans courts, that work on the model of highly successful drug courts in treating cases involving substance abuse or mental illness of current or former military personnel. Neither committee took any action on their bill.
The MCC testified in support of both bills as we believe there is a genuine need for the specialized services of veterans courts to address the unique challenges of veterans. There have also been other bills filed that would establish veterans courts. With so much interest in the subject, the MCC hopes this issue will gain more traction as the session progresses.