My Fellow Missourians:
The House started working on bills that have moved through committee. Some of them are:
The House of Representatives approved HJR 48, which Representative Sheila Solon sponsored. This bill is a proposed change to our Missouri Constitution, and would provide a new funding source for our veterans’ homes, cemeteries and veterans outreach programs. If approved by voters, the amendment would require the State Lottery Commission to develop and sell a Veterans Lottery Ticket by July 2015. The funds raised through the sale of this would be completely dedicated to the Veterans’ Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund. “This is the least that we can do for our veterans who have done so much for all of us so that we can enjoy our freedom.”
House Approves Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (HB 1133)
This bill would create a state database to monitor and track the purchases of prescription drugs, and was approved by the House this week. This legislation would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop and maintain the database. Pharmacies would have to submit relevant information to the database, related to the sale of prescription drugs. This includes the date of sale, the drug’s quantity, and the identity of patient, doctor and pharmacy. The bill would require all submitted information to be confidential, and makes it a misdemeanor crime to wrongly disclose the information.
House Approves Conscience Protection Act for Medical Workers (HB 1430)
This piece of legislation is meant to protect medical professionals from being pressured into performing procedures that violate their religious or moral beliefs. If approved by the Senate and signed into law by the Governor, the bill would protect medical workers from being fired, suspended or demoted for refusing to participate in medical procedures that do not reflect their moral beliefs. Those supporting its passage also point out that the bill would not allow medical professionals to withhold emergency treatment needed to save the life of a patient.
Visitors to the Capitol this week included several of our retired teachers. I appreciate them keeping me informed on educational issues. I was visited by Teresa and Cara Smith. Teresa does the website design for the www.discover54.com plus my personal website at www.warrenlove.com
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Warren D. Love, State Representative
Representing the good people of the 125th District