Missouri statutes reportedly contain over 500 laws which may be deemed special laws. Special laws are laws made applicable to a particular person, group, or thing within a specified class which are not applicable to the entire class. Special laws in Missouri found in the context of municipal or county. The Missouri Constitution prohibits the use of special laws in a number of circumstances including where general laws could be made applicable. The purpose of this note is to analyze the City of Ellisville decision, the O'Reilly decision, and the Article VI amendment in the context of Missouri's historical position concerning special legislation.

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