NPR reports in the past year or so, a string of high-profile officer-involved shootings has caught the attention of state lawmakers across the country. A number of legislatures passed bills this year that make police departments more accountable. But in Missouri, where the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked deeper conversations about race and policing, there hasn't been much legislative movement. When waves of protests and rioting throughout the St. Louis area followed Brown's death, it was hard for State Sen. Bob Dixon to turn away. The Springfield Republican traveled hundreds of miles to Ferguson last year because he felt the state had a duty to act. "In my heart of hearts, I think that we always want to strive to do what is right," he says. "And when I see injustice, there is something in me that rises up. And I think there's a lot of people across Missouri that are the same way."