JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - New laws going into effect in Missouri include those affecting vehicle inspections and prison sentences for nonviolent offenders.
Hundreds of Missouri prisoners serving mandatory sentences for largely nonviolent offenses will become eligible for parole with a law that exempts some offenses from a requirement that people serve at least 40% to 80% of their prison terms.
The legislation also prohibits payment of jail debts from being made a condition of probation and bars people from being arrested and put back in jail for not paying previous jail costs.
Vehicles with fewer than 150,000 miles that are no more than 10 years old will be exempt from state vehicle safety inspections. But fees for drivers' licenses and vehicle registration will increase.
Most laws passed by the Legislature this year go into effect Wednesday.