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Chapter View

The default chapter view is to display all of the current active sections.

To see active, repealed, and transferred sections for a chapter

  Click the exclamation point following the chapter name.

   (will open in a new tab, this might take some time based on load)

  click here for more information

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Section Number View

When viewing one section you will see < > before the effective date.

Clicking the < will take you to the previous section and

 clicking the > will take you to the next section.

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Search
If you are searching from the Constitution page the search results are limited to Constitutional sections.
For all other pages the search results are limited to RSMo sections.
Search Menu
A. Words or Section - select 'Words' for text based searches and 'Section' to find a specific section or chapter
B. if A = 'Words' - see Search Terms below
if A = 'Section' - section number or chapter number
C. if A = 'Words'
None - second search term ignored
Or - either search term present
And - both search terms present
Not - first search term present, and second search term is not present
Near - first search term precedes second search term and is in proximity of second term
if A = 'Section' - ignored
D. if A = 'Words' - see Search Terms below
if A = 'Section' - ignored
E. search button
F. search help
G. OK - click to accept lengthy search and highlight
H. n or y when viewing a chapter - select y to limit search to this chapter
 
Section Numbers
- Without subchapter(majority of statutes)
 - chapter number followed by period followed by section number.
 - section number must be at least three characters
 - e.g. 195.010
- With subchapter
 - chapter number followed by period followed by subchapter followed by hyphen followed by section number.
 - section number must be at least three characters
 - e.g. 400.2A-103
- Letters, if present, must be capital.
Search Terms
- are NOT case sensitive. These are all the same; MISSOURI, Missouri, missouri, MiSsouRi
- ignore characters other than letters and numbers
- allow LAST word in any phrase to have an * for wildcard. i.e. miss* will find missouri, mississippi, missile, etc. Can affect highlighting
- that are multi-word must match exactly. Consider rephrasing using two terms.
  e.g. search for 'Modify the conditions of release' in one term
  might produce more accurate results if two terms are used, 'Modify' and 'conditions of release'
  with the Near operator (see C. above)
- ignores common words such as 'the', 'or', 'in', 'is', etc. Can affect highlighting if used
- can be a properly formatted section number
 
Search Constraints
- limited to approximately 1000 results
- to refine the search use the boolean operators (see C. above) and the second search term
note: search and highlighting can be a lengthy process
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Web Use - Observations

After years of observing how this site is used here are some things we have noticed:

  1. This page and the FAQ page are rarely used.
  2. Some users double click links. Links should be clicked once.
  3. The search by section number feature is used infrequently. Using this feature can take you directly to a section.
  4. Searches with special characters in the search terms do not work. See 'Search'.
  5. Web crawling - we see and expect it. We don't mind so long as it is done responsibly. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc. crawl the site in a responsible manner. Multiple pages accessed in short timeframes(less than a second) can get you blocked.
  6. Malicious access - we see it. It is not hard to spot, and could get you blocked. A few examples:
    • trying to access pages that don't exist, like logon / login
    • trying to access titles, chapters, or sections that don't exist
    • multiple pages accessed in short timeframes

We only track the number of accesses to the site by IP and the count of sections accessed.

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Changes to site
Date
06 Nov 2019 Added Google and Bing icons to show how to search for laws on this site. Click the icon, add search terms.
31 Oct 2019 Switched to HTTPS in preparation for certification.
17 Oct 2019 Programmatically slow down malicious access.
04 Oct 2019 Added Tweet button to section pages, #rsmolaw. Facebook has been available since 2017.
30 Sep 2019 Other Information / Definitions displays definitions and section(s) containing the definition.
25 Sep 2019 Add picture to home screen.
19 Sep 2019 Clicking the exclamation point at the end of a chapter name displays active, repealed, and transferred sections in a new browser tab.
28 Jan 2019 Clicking the ^ at the end of a chapter name displays full headnotes.

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Session begins: 8 Jan 2020

8 Dec 2019 05:38


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