After Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., served jury duty this year, she said she would try to repeal the law that lets lawmakers skip out on their civic responsibility. On Thursday, she teamed up with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to introduce a one-sentence bill to end exemption for members of Congress summoned by the courts.
In January, McCaskill left jury duty, which she said was on her bucket list , to return to Washington for a Senate vote.
I'm going back to DC & try to repeal law that lets Congress skip jury duty.We all should serve. Our time isn't more impt than other jurors.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 27, 2016
The Civic Duty Act is short and sweet. It would repeal the exemption in the 1991 appropriations bill that says lawmakers are permitted to serve on juries, but are given an option to be excused.
“Missourians’ time isn’t any less valuable than their elected leaders,” McCaskill said in a news release.
McCaskill is a lawyer herself. She received her J.D. from the University of Missouri in 1978. She then worked as a Missouri auditor, state legislator and Jackson County prosecutor.
“Each day, people are called on to put their busy lives on hold to perform their civic duty and serve on a jury. The law should ask no less of their representatives in Congress,” Flake said in the release. He does not have a law degree.
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