Senator proposes scrapping paper state law books

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 12:13 p.m. CST; updated 12:47 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 20, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A state senator wants to scrap Missouri's paper law books.

Every 10 years, Missouri publishes an encyclopedia-sized collection of state laws. And every year in between it publishes a paper update of all the changes that have occurred.

Sen. Jason Crowell filed legislation Wednesday that would repeal the requirement to produce a paper copy of the laws and instead make it optional. The Republican from Cape Girardeau notes that people already can view Missouri laws on the Internet.

He says the state could save $1.8 million by halting the paper publication.

The 2000 version of Missouri's statutes included 20 volumes.

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