HCS HB 1578 -- CONVENIENCE STORE SAFETY
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Science,
Technology and Critical Issues by a vote of 18 to 0.
The substitute requires convenience stores in all counties to:
(1) Provide lighting in parking areas and at entrances that
allows clear visibility under normal conditions. The lighting
can be satisfied by canopy lighting within 10 feet of the
(2) Maintain at least 2 employees or owner or combination
thereof on the premises during business hours; and
(3) Maintain a telephone away from the register accessible to
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds.
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill known as Jenny's Law
will help protect convenience store employees. Several
witnesses recounted the horrible murder of Jennifer Pribble, a
convenience store employee who was working alone at night.
Testifying for the bill were Representative Smith; Sandra K.
Bowen, Mother of victim; James D. Bowen, Stepfather of victim;
Michelle Pribble, Sister of victim; Guyetta Sumowshi, co-worker;
Audrey Jones, co-worker; Karen Long, co-worker; Janet Lovell,
co-worker; and Sarah Fink, co-worker.
OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that the bill is well
intentioned bill but the legislature should wait for the
collection of data to determine if the proposed changes do
protect convenience store employees.
Testifying against the bill were Missouri Association of
Convenience Stores; and Southland Corporation.
Michael Warrick, Research Analyst