State laws are not a new thought for Missouri. Alcohol laws have been
enacted in Missouri, perhaps due to its German immigration influence
and brewery industry. Prohibition was rejected three times in Missouri
before the federal government passed the law at a higher level. Today
all alcohol laws are controlled by state-level governments.
Because of its history, Missouri has some of the most extensive alcohol
regulation laws in the country. Some of these include open container
laws, blue laws, local option laws, location laws, consumption laws,
and intoxication laws. Missouri has also set law for its citizens in
relation to labor laws, divorce laws, bankruptcy laws, driving under
the influence laws, gun laws, and others.
Unlike most other states, Missouri does not have a law against allowing
minors to consume alcohol. Other states have laws in relation to minors
possessing alcohol, while Missouri law allows guardians to provide
alcohol for minors. Most states do not allow citizens to drink alcohol
in the open streets, however Missouri does not have any laws
prohibiting this action. Those over twenty-one years of age are fully
permitted to have plastic containers of alcohol in the streets.
The 2005 Bankruptcy Act created new bankruptcy regulations on a
national level. These were established to limit those who qualify for
bankruptcy and to decrease the abuse the federal bankruptcy system
often experiences. Those who qualify for bankruptcy will have their
expenses, income, and debt compared to the other citizens of Missouri.
Depending on where the individual falls in the state's mean, he or she
will qualify for either Chapter Seven bankruptcy or Chapter Thirteen
bankruptcy. Chapter Seven bankruptcy eliminates debt in about three
months through the liquidation of personal property. Chapter Thirteen
bankruptcy eliminates debt in a maximum of five years through a
personal, monthly payment plan.
Driving under the influence consequences are based on how many previous
offenses an individual has. An individual may also have his or her
conviction increased because of aggravating circumstances, even in a
first offense conviction.
Aggravating factors usually include driving over the speed limit,
driving with a minor in the motor vehicle, causing injury to another,
and having a blood alcohol content level twice the legal limit of 0.08
percent. Driving under the influence convictions usually include
imprisonment, probation, driver's license suspension, vehicle
impounding, alcohol abuse course, and fines.
Most convictions are not allowed to be expunged in Missouri, including
misdemeanor offenses, felony offenses, and driving under the influence
offenses. When a record is expunged, the record does not disappear. It
may later be used when an individual applies for the United States
military or runs for public office.
Over many years Missouri gradually raised its minimum wage, until the
federal government required every state to raise its minimum wages to
seven dollars and twenty-five cents. Under this law an individual must
be paid this minimum, unless he or she is tipped. Tipped employees, who
receive thirty dollars in tips or more each month, can be paid anywhere
between two and three dollars an hour legally.