Expert Witness Bill Truly Agreed and Finally Passed

HB 153, sponsored by Representative Kevin Corlew and supported by Associated Industries of Missouri, was given final approval today by the Missouri Senate.

The bill would adopt the same standard for evaluating expert witnesses that is used in federal courts and more than 40 states.

Thanks to an amendment proposed by Rep. Jay Barnes and adopted on the floor of the House during the perfection process, the bill’s provisions would not apply to workers’ compensation cases or other cases where there is no right to a jury trial. In such cases, application of the law would be limited anyway because the judge would hear the evidence and decide whether it should be considered as he or she decides the case or not.

Associated Industries of Missouri has supported this bill for several years. Last year, the bill was passed and vetoed by former Governor Jay Nixon. The bill now goes to Governor Eric Greitens for his consideration.