rob schaaf http://kbia.org en Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate http://kbia.org/post/group-republicans-block-1-cent-transportation-sales-tax-mo-senate <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate has blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a one-cent sales tax to help fund the state’s transportation needs.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tax would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless voters renew it. Wed, 15 May 2013 13:29:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33774 at http://kbia.org Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate Mo. bill excuses nursing moms from jury duty http://kbia.org/post/mo-bill-excuses-nursing-moms-jury-duty <p>Nursing mothers could be excused from jury duty under legislation given initial approval by the Missouri Senate.</p><p>A bill endorsed Monday would expand protections in Missouri law that already allow mothers to discreetly breast-feed in public places. The bill adds expressing breast milk to the list of protected activities and prohibits cities from enacting local ordinances restricting breast-feeding mothers.<br>Under the legislation, nursing mothers would be excused from jury duty upon submitting a written note from a doctor.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:07:52 +0000 Associated Press 31715 at http://kbia.org Mo. bill excuses nursing moms from jury duty Competing drug monitoring programs designed either to pass General Assembly or fail ballot vote http://kbia.org/post/competing-drug-monitoring-programs-designed-either-pass-general-assembly-or-fail-ballot-vote <p>Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing today before a State Senate committee. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:13:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 30084 at http://kbia.org Competing drug monitoring programs designed either to pass General Assembly or fail ballot vote Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program? http://kbia.org/post/will-missouri-adopt-prescription-drug-monitoring-program <p>Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation.</p><p>“I think it’s a severe intrusion of our liberty to have the government create a database that is accessible by thousands of people, if not tens of thousands of people, who would then have access to sensitive private information,” said Republican Senator Rob Schaaf, a physician in St. Joseph, Mo.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:06:33 +0000 Elana Gordon 28431 at http://kbia.org Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program? Voters to weigh in on state health exchange http://kbia.org/post/voters-weigh-state-health-exchange <p>In the next few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the federal health care law. Even if the court upholds the law, one key component will be under fire here in Missouri come November. On the ballot will be a measure targeting the law&#39;s required online marketplaces, or health insurance exchanges, where individuals and small businesses can buy plans.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:05:41 +0000 Elana Gordon 16075 at http://kbia.org Voters to weigh in on state health exchange Prescription drug database doomed in Senate http://kbia.org/post/prescription-drug-database-doomed-senate <p>&nbsp;A Missouri senator has successfully killed a bill that would have authorized a government database to track people&#39;s prescription drug purchases.</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 15:37:40 +0000 Associated Press & Marshall Griffin & Mary McGuire 13552 at http://kbia.org Prescription drug database doomed in Senate Missouri senator tries to block prescription database http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senator-tries-block-prescription-database <p>A Missouri senator who is a family physician says he&#39;ll try to block legislation authorizing a government database to track drug prescriptions unless it is put to a statewide vote.</p><p>Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf, of St. Joseph, Mo., began Thursday&#39;s debate on the prescription monitoring legislation by vowing to filibuster until he gets his way about a referendum.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 21:23:50 +0000 Associated Press 13517 at http://kbia.org Missouri senator tries to block prescription database Another roadblock for Missouri health exchange http://kbia.org/post/another-roadblock-missouri-health-exchange <p>Last session, Republicans in the Missouri Senate blocked the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange. The online insurance marketplace is required under Obama&#39;s health reform law, but has become a political football in states like Missouri, with a Republican-controlled legislature. In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update, Republican senators move to put one more roadblock on the path to a state exchange.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:45:33 +0000 Jacob Fenston 6843 at http://kbia.org Another roadblock for Missouri health exchange