Among the bills pre-filed with the Missouri House of Representatives is HB 1091 submitted by Robin Wright Jones, D-St. Louis, which would exempt officeholders from jury duty while they are serving.
I did not know that this was an urgent need. The bill applies to all elected officials, according to its text, so everyone from city council and school board members to Governor Matt Blunt to Rep. Jones would be exempt from jury duty.
Hopefully, this bill will meet the quick demise it richly deserves. Ms. Jones and other elected officials are no better than any of the rest of us and have the same civic duty we all have.