Below is an official Press Release from Representative Kevin Corlew announcing his recognition as Freshman Legislator of the Year for Judicial Issues.
Jefferson City — To honor and recognize the efforts of Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) for his work this year on judicial and legal-related issues, Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives John Diehl awarded him the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for Judicial Issues.
“I firmly believe actions speak louder than words, and as an elected official, those actions are crucial to the well-being of our constituents. I commend Rep. Corlew on his actions to improve our court system, showing firsthand that his actions demonstrate leadership for the people of his district,” said Speaker Diehl.
Through his role as a member of both the House Select Judiciary Committee and the Standing Committee on Civil and Criminal Proceedings, Rep. Corlew helped promote legislation that would improve the justice system in Missouri. In these committees, Rep. Corlew actively participated in developing and refining many key bills affecting judicial proceedings in Missouri, including the bill to reform municipal courts.
In addition, Rep. Corlew authored other important legal-related bills. Rep. Corlew sponsored House Bill 697 to improve the truth-finding function of our courts by establishing a higher standard for the admissibility of expert testimony, a standard that is used in federal courts and in more than 2/3 of the states. Rep. Corlew also sponsored House Bill 928, which would enforce arbitration agreements in the employment context. He also authored legislation, House Bill 1044, that would allow the Jackson County Circuit Court to establish a criminal docket for armed offenses to help the police, prosecutors, and community leaders in Kansas City in their efforts to decrease violent crime in the city by providing for swift processing of specified gun-crime cases.
Rep. Corlew also served to improve the state’s economic outlook as the vice-chair of the Economic Development Committee and as a member of the Energy and the Environment Committee.
“I believe we accomplished a lot this year in terms of legal reform by starting a discussion and advancing the ball on these issues, both in committee and on the floor of the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Corlew. “I look forward to next year’s legislative session in January 2016, when I will continue to work for an improved and fair justice system.”