Missouri, like all States, is set up to operate under the rule of law. The foundation of that rule is the U.S. Constitution, which most readers appreciate is now several hundred years old. That might leave you with the impression that this foundation is solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, but the beauty of the U.S. legal system is that it is one of controlled dynamism. It can and often does change in line with the needs of society.
Not too long ago, the governor signed a pack of bills into law having to do with criminal law matters. The issues covered cover a broad swath of topics, from a ban on the use of traffic ticket quotas by police departments, to an overhaul of the state's statute on police use of force and a measure that brings youth sentencing guidelines into line with federal rules. The one that seemed to draw the greatest media attention was a bill making it easier for individuals seeking to expunge criminal records.