Chapter 3Statutory Revision
3.010. Only upon the adoption of a concurrent resolution by the general assembly, the revised statutes of Missouri shall be printed, published and distributed in as many volumes as the committee on legislative research (herein called "the committee") shall determine, and such publication shall be under the direction and supervision of the committee. The annotations or supplements may be printed separately and without a concurrent resolution being adopted by the general assembly. The cost of printing, binding and delivery of such publication shall be paid from funds appropriated from the general revenue for that purpose.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.01, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88, A.L. 2014 S.B. 621 merged with S.B. 643)
3.020. The editions of the revised statutes hereby authorized shall contain:
(1) The Constitution of the United States;
(2) The constitution of this state;
(3) All statute laws of a general nature which are in force in the state of Missouri, including all general acts passed by the general assembly during its 1959 regular session;
(4) A full and accurate index of the statute laws and constitution of this state; and
(5) Such annotations, historical notes, supreme court rules and other information as the committee deems appropriate to include.
Parts of acts to be omitted.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.02, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88)
Departmental organization plans to be published, Reorganization Act of 1974, Appendix B, RSMo 1978
Reorganization of executive agencies, 26.530
3.030. In preparing the revised statutes or any supplement or pocket part thereto for publication, the committee may omit the enacting clause of the several acts, and the titles of the several acts. Repealing, emergency and severability clauses also may be omitted.
Laws to be omitted.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.03, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88)
Severability of statutes, when portion of statutes found unconstitutional remaining provisions remain valid, exceptions, 1.140
3.040. No law relating to the bonded indebtedness of the state, no law of incorporation, no law for the appropriation of money, no memorial or joint resolution, no law or part of law of a private, local or temporary nature shall be published in the revised statutes or supplements or pocket parts thereto, but all such laws and provisions not expressly repealed shall continue in force or expire, according to their respective provisions or limitations.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.04, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88)
3.050. The committee may prefix to the statutory law a table of contents and shall prepare suitable headnotes or catch words to indicate briefly the subject matter of the several sections. The sections shall be numbered in such sequence as to permit insertion of additional legislation without changing the numbers. Notes shall be inserted to indicate the source of the various sections. The committee shall classify and arrange the entire body of statute laws in a logical order throughout the volumes, the arrangement to be such as will enable subjects of a kindred nature to be placed under one general head with necessary cross references. Notes of decisions of the courts, historical references and other material included in editions of the revised statutes of Missouri and supplements or pocket parts thereto shall be arranged in such manner as the committee finds will promote the usefulness thereof.
Powers of committee in preparing editions.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.05, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88)
3.060. 1. The committee, in preparing editions of the statutes and supplements or pocket parts thereto, shall not alter the sense, meaning, or effect of any legislative act; but may renumber sections and parts of sections thereof, change the wording of headnotes, rearrange sections, change reference numbers or words to agree with renumbered chapters or sections, substitute the word "chapter" for "act" or "article" and the like, substitute figures for written words and vice versa and change capitalization for the purpose of uniformity and correct manifest clerical or typographical errors.
2. It may:
(1) Correct therein all words misspelled in enrollment;
(2) Correct all manifest clerical errors, including punctuation, but no correction shall constitute an alteration of or a departure from the enrollment;
(3) Transfer sections or divide or combine sections so as to give to distinct subject matters a section number but without changing the meaning;
(4) Substitute therein the name of any agency, officer or instrumentality of the state or of a county to which powers, duties and responsibilities have been transferred by law, for the name of any other agency, officer or instrumentality of the state or of a county previously vested with the same powers and charged with the same duties and responsibilities;
(5) Supply any obvious omission or inaccuracy, which shall be identified in the text. In any such case the committee shall add a footnote calling attention to such omission or correction and explaining the reason therefor; and
(6) Substitute therein the abbreviations: "RSMo" for "Missouri Revised Statutes", and "RSMo Supp." for any cumulative supplement to the Missouri Revised Statutes.
Section amended by several acts, how published--conflicts withrevising acts, effect.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.06, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88)
3.065. 1. If any section of the revised statutes, supplement or pocket part, or of any act of the general assembly is amended or reenacted by more than one act at the same session of the general assembly, the section may be incorporated in the revised statutes edition, supplement or pocket part as amended or altered by the several acts if the amendments, changes or alterations can be incorporated in the section in such manner as to make the section intelligible. In any such case the revisor of statutes shall insert a note at the end of the section explaining the insertions or omissions accomplished by the various enactments. If the section cannot be made intelligible by incorporation of the amendments the section as enacted by each of the several acts shall be published in full.
2. If any section of existing law affected by a revision act is amended, reenacted or repealed by other acts passed at the same regular or extra session of the general assembly, the revision act shall be given effect only to the extent that its provisions do not conflict with the changes made in the existing law by the other acts and, in accordance with this provision, the section shall be shown as repealed or incorporated in the statutes as amended or altered by the several acts passed affecting it. The revisor of statutes, in such cases, shall insert an explanatory note at the end of the section indicating the changes made in its provisions by the several enactments.
Statutes declared unconstitutional on procedural grounds, duties ofthe revisor--statute enjoined, revisor's duty to publishfootnote.
(L. 1959 S.B. 88, A.L. 1969 H.B. 685)
3.066. 1. When the Missouri supreme court or a federal court with competent jurisdiction makes a final ruling that a bill enacted by the Missouri general assembly or a Missouri state statute or any portion of a Missouri state statute contained in a bill enacted by the Missouri general assembly is unconstitutional on procedural grounds, the Missouri revisor of statutes shall:
(1) For a repealed statute or an amended statute contained in such bill, reprint the statute as it existed in the revised statutes of Missouri prior to the enactment of the bill that the court declared unconstitutional;
(2) For a new statute contained in such bill, remove the new statute from the revised statutes of Missouri, if necessary, and publish only a footnote calling attention to the ruling of the court explaining the reason for the removal of such statute from the revised statutes of Missouri.
2. When a state or federal court with competent jurisdiction issues a permanent order enjoining a bill enacted by the Missouri general assembly or a Missouri state statute or any portion of a Missouri state statute contained in a bill enacted by the Missouri general assembly as unconstitutional on procedural grounds, the Missouri attorney general shall notify the Missouri revisor of statutes of any such order and the Missouri revisor of statutes shall publish a footnote to each affected section calling attention to the ruling of the court on any official website of the committee on legislative research. Such footnote shall remain until such time as a final ruling is made by the Missouri supreme court or a federal court with competent jurisdiction, and at such time, the Missouri revisor shall remove such footnote and, if necessary, shall update such website in like manner as provided in subsection 1 of this section.
Revisor of statutes--appointment--duties--office.
(L. 2004 S.B. 884 § 3.075, A.L. 2014 S.B. 621 merged with S.B. 643)
3.070. The committee shall appoint and fix the compensation of a revisor of statutes and other attorneys and assistants necessary to the performance of its duties under this chapter. The compensation of the revisor of statutes and his or her assistants and expenses incurred in connection with the performance of their duties shall be paid from appropriations made for the committee on legislative research. The revisor of statutes shall be duly licensed to practice law in this state and serves at the pleasure of the committee. The revisor of statutes shall perform all duties required by the committee in connection with its duties under this chapter. He or she shall conform to all regulations prescribed for the internal operation of the committee and shall render such assistance to the general assembly in connection with pending or proposed legislation as required by the committee or by any law imposing duties on the committee. He or she is subject also in all respects to the law governing other persons appointed or employed by the committee. The division of facilities management, design and construction shall provide adequate office space in the capitol building for the revisor of statutes and the attorneys and employees associated with him or her.
Original rolls furnished revisor.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.07, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1299 Revision)
3.080. The secretary of state shall deliver to the revisor of statutes the original rolls of all laws of a general nature which are necessary to enable the committee to incorporate in editions of the revised statutes or in supplements or pocket parts thereto all laws required to be included therein by this chapter. The revisor of statutes is responsible for the safekeeping of the original rolls while they are in his possession and shall, as soon as the comparisons required by this chapter are completed, return same to the secretary of state's office.
Comparison of printed statutes with originalrolls--certification--evidence of laws--publication on website.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.08, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88)
3.090. 1. The revisor of statutes shall supervise the printing and publication of all editions of the revised statutes of Missouri and all supplements and pocket parts thereto. The revisor shall proofread and compare all copies of laws appearing in the revised statutes of Missouri and supplement or pocket parts thereto and supervise the correction thereof to ensure that all such copies are true and correct copies of the existing laws of this state according to the original rolls thereof with only such variations in the language thereof as are authorized by section 3.060.
2. When any volume of any edition of the revised statutes of Missouri, or any supplement or any edition of pocket parts thereto is printed and published the revisor of statutes shall certify that all laws printed therein have been examined and compared as required by this section and that the same are true and correct copies thereof as passed and remaining in the office of the secretary of state, and that the revised statutes, supplement or pocket part thereto, as thus published, and all laws as therein contained, are true copies of the existing laws of the state of Missouri, of a general nature. The revisor shall deposit a copy of each volume of the revised statutes, supplement or pocket part, so certified, in the secretary's office, which shall be prima facie evidence of such statutes. The certificate shall be printed in each copy of the revised statutes, supplement or pocket part, and every copy so printed containing the certificate may be used in evidence without other or further proof of authentication.
3. The revisor of statutes shall supervise the publication of the revised statutes on any official website of the committee on legislative research. Such supervision shall comply with the provisions of subsection 1 of this section to ensure that a true and correct copy of the existing laws of this state are placed on such website. However, the online version of the revised statutes on any official website of the committee on legislative research shall not be considered an official version of the revised statutes, unless the revisor of statutes chooses to certify it as such and places a certificate on the website. The revisor shall periodically update such website as new laws are enacted, including an update of the website on the effective date of any section that becomes law.
Legislative research committee to determine character of publication.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.09, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88, A.L. 2014 S.B. 621 merged with S.B. 643)
3.100. The committee shall determine the style and size of type, the grade of paper and the type and method of binding to be used in publishing the revised statutes, annotations and all supplements and pocket parts thereto.
Printing of statutes, how obtained.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.10, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88)
3.110. The printing and publication of the revised statutes of Missouri, annotations thereto and supplements or pocket parts and the paper used therefor, shall be obtained through the state director of the division of purchasing, as otherwise provided by law.
Future revision--subcommittee on revision--advisory group.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.09a, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88)
3.120. 1. After publication of the revised statutes for the year 1959, the committee shall formulate and supervise plans and methods for the future revision, clarification, classification, codification, arrangement, annotation, indexing, printing, binding and publication of the revised statutes of Missouri, including annotations, supplements and pocket parts and all editions thereof, and make its report and recommendations thereon to the general assembly.
2. The committee shall establish a subcommittee on revision which shall conduct and supervise a continuing program of statute revision which is designed to correct defectively enacted or worded statutes without changing the substantive provisions thereof to the end that the statute publication may become a more accurate and authentic statement of the laws of the state. In connection with this program, the committee may select an advisory committee on statute revision, composed of four members of the Missouri Bar, who are known to be interested in the improvement of statute laws and may authorize the payment of the expenses incurred by such members while attending meetings with the committee, the subcommittee on revision or with the revisor of statutes. The subcommittee on revision shall present to each general assembly such revision bills as it finds appropriate to accomplish its purposes.
Supplements or pocket parts, publication--reports.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.11, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88)
Revision bill, content, 23.045
3.125. 1. The committee may publish annual or biennial cumulative or noncumulative supplements or pocket parts to the revised statutes of Missouri in lieu of complete editions thereof except at such times as complete editions are published. Any supplement or edition of pocket parts is subject in all respects to the provisions of this law relating to the publication of an edition of the revised statutes and the committee has the same powers and duties with respect to the publication thereof. When funds for the printing thereof are duly appropriated by the general assembly, the committee shall cause to be classified, arranged, numbered and printed in either an edition of the revised statutes or in supplements or pocket parts thereto, in accordance with this chapter, all laws of a general nature adopted at any session of the general assembly.
2. The committee shall report to the general assembly whenever called upon, and shall prepare and submit to the general assembly such consolidation, revision and other matters relating to the statutes as can be completed from time to time.
Committee to determine number of copies--distribution.
(L. 1959 S.B. 88, A.L. 1976 H.B. 1770)
3.130. Such number of copies of each volume of each edition of the revised statutes of Missouri and annotations thereto and such number of the supplements or pocket parts thereto as may be necessary to meet the demand as determined by the committee shall be printed and bound, and also produced in an electronic format, and delivered to the revisor of statutes, who shall execute and file a receipt therefor with the director of revenue. The revisor of statutes shall distribute the copies, in either version or combination, at the price determined by the committee under section 3.140.
Sale of revised statutes, procedure for--cost, how determined.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.12, A.L. 1953 p. 549, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88, A.L. 1971 S.B. 222, A.L. 1973 S.B. 263, A.L. 1976 H.B. 1770, A.L. 1978 H.B. 1634, A.L. 1992 H.B. 1849, A.L. 2004 S.B. 1211, A.L. 2010 H.B. 1965)
3.140. The committee on legislative research may, through the revisor of statutes, sell copies of the revised statutes of Missouri, and any supplement or edition of pocket parts thereto, in print and/or in a web-based electronic format at a price to be determined by the committee, taking into account the cost of printing and binding, producing the statutes and maintaining the website, including the cost of delivery, and the money received therefor shall be paid to the director of revenue and deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund.
Statutory revision fund, established, purposes.
(L. 1949 p. 545 § 3.13, A.L. 1953 p. 549, A.L. 1959 S.B. 88, A.L. 1961 p. 463, A.L. 1976 H.B. 1770, A.L. 1977 S.B. 419, A.L. 2010 H.B. 1965)
3.142. 1. There is hereby established in the state treasury a revolving fund known as the "Statutory Revision Fund", and which shall receive funds paid to the revisor of statutes for sales of the revised statutes of Missouri or any supplement thereto, whether in printed, electronic, magnetic, or other form and funds received for any other service for which there is a fee charged by the committee on legislative research. The committee on legislative research shall determine the form and any fees or charges for the statutes or services. The state treasurer shall be custodian of the fund and shall make disbursements from the fund for enhancing or producing the electronic form of the revised statutes in a computer readable form, enhancing the electronic* processing of computerized legislative drafting and such other purposes authorized by the joint committee on legislative research upon appropriation by the general assembly. Moneys in the fund may also be used at the direction of the committee on legislative research to provide the revised statutes of Missouri and any supplement thereto to public libraries of this state in a computer readable format for use by patrons of the libraries.
2. Any unexpended balance in the fund at the end of any biennium not to exceed twice the cost of providing the annual supplement to the revised statutes of Missouri is exempt from the provisions of section 33.080 relating to transfer of unexpended balances to the ordinary revenue fund.
Temporary laws, how printed.
(L. 1992 H.B. 1849 § 1)
*Word "electric" appears in original rolls.
3.145. The committee on legislative research, through the revisor of statutes, shall cause all temporary laws to be printed in the revised statutes, and all supplements, with the termination date clearly shown. Appropriation bills shall not be printed.
Revisor of statutes to recodify court costs into one chapter.
(L. 1977 S.B. 419)
3.150. Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter to the contrary the revisor of statutes is hereby directed to codify all sections of law or portions of sections of law imposing court costs, fees, miscellaneous charges and surcharges imposed in connection with filing and prosecution of judicial cases, both civil and criminal, into one chapter of the revised statutes of Missouri. The revisor shall recodify those sections or portions of sections of existing law which impose such court costs, including, but not limited to, sections 56.310**, 56.765, 57.280, 57.290, 57.955, 66.110, 67.133**, 193.205, 193.265, 221.070, 221.120, 455.205*, 476.053*, 478.401*, 479.260, 479.261*, 482.345, 483.500, 483.505, 483.530, 483.535, 483.550, 483.580, 483.591*, 485.100*, 485.120*, 487.170*, 488.305, 488.605, 488.1005, 488.1010, 491.280, 491.420, 494.455, 494.480, 513.623, 517.151, 561.035*, 577.048*, 590.140* and 595.045, chapters 514 and 550, subsection 2 of sections 476.385 and 488.2205**, and any other sections or portions of sections of law which impose such court costs, both existing and future, into one chapter of the revised statutes which deals with court costs, which shall be titled to reflect that all sections relating to such court costs are contained within said chapter. From time to time, the revisor of statutes shall call upon the state courts administrator for assistance in determining what sections, or portions of sections, of law impose court costs for purposes of this section.
(L. 1996 S.B. 869)
455.205 now 488.445
476.053 now 488.027
478.401 now 488.447
479.261 subsec. 1 now 488.607
479.261 subsec. 2 now 43.545
483.591 now 488.2275
485.100 now 488.2250
485.120 now 488.2253
487.170 now 488.2300
561.035 now 488.5332
577.048 now 488.5334
590.140 now 488.5336
**The following sections have been repealed: Section 56.310 was repealed by S.B. 869, 1996. Section 67.133 was repealed by H.B. 613 merged with S.B. 466, 2003. Section 488.2205 was repealed by H.B. 1298 Revision, 2014.