Rob Schaaf http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Despite Setbacks, Bond Isn't Giving Up Medicaid Expansion Fight http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/despite-setbacks-bond-isnt-giving-medicaid-expansion-fight <p>Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond was <a href="http://mochamber.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/missouri-chamber-hires-kit-bond-to-assist-in-advocacy-of-medicaid-expansion/" target="_blank">tapped by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce to get Medicaid expansion across the finish line.&nbsp;</a></p><p>He didn’t succeed. Despite the attempts of several Republicans in the House and Senate to pass some form of expansion this year, Bond told St. Louis Public Radio on Monday that “we were just a few filibustering senators short of getting it done.”</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:52:17 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36282 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Despite Setbacks, Bond Isn't Giving Up Medicaid Expansion Fight E-Cigarette Bills Pass Missouri House And Senate On Same Day http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/e-cigarette-bills-pass-missouri-house-and-senate-same-day <p>The Missouri Senate and Missouri House have both passed bills to ban sales of electronic nicotine delivery devices to minors.</p><p><a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?year=2014&amp;bill=HB%201690&amp;code=R">House Bill 1690</a> and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=29624824">Senate Bill 841</a> would both limit the sales of these devices, sometimes called e-cigarettes, to consumers 18 years old and older, and both versions would not subject the devices to&nbsp; regulation or taxation as tobacco products.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:47:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35400 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org E-Cigarette Bills Pass Missouri House And Senate On Same Day With Medicaid Expansion In Limbo, Some Lawmakers See Promise In Collaborating With Critics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-limbo-some-lawmakers-see-promise-collaborating-critics <p>State Sen. Rob Schaaf is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to health-care policy. But some believe that this staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion holds the key to ending the legislative impasse over it.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:40:16 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34242 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With Medicaid Expansion In Limbo, Some Lawmakers See Promise In Collaborating With Critics Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/group-republicans-block-1-cent-transportation-sales-tax-mo-senate <p><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> Wed, 15 May 2013 05:01:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26402 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legislation-allow-surcharge-electric-system-upgrades-stalls-mo-senate <p>Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.</p><p>Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&amp;L)&nbsp;make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement&nbsp;Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.&nbsp; Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 08:48:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26008 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate Dueling Mo. Senate Bills Would Each Create A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dueling-mo-senate-bills-would-each-create-prescription-drug-monitoring-program <p>Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing Thursday before a <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">State Senate</a> committee.</p><p>One&nbsp;of the bills, though,&nbsp;is structured in a way that’s designed to block the proposal from ever becoming reality.&nbsp; Physician and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem34.htm">State Senator Rob Schaaf </a>(R, St. Joseph) is an outspoken critic of prescription drug monitoring.&nbsp; He says it would violate citizens’ privacy rights.</p><p>“But I have agreed to carry (<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13Info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=17254382">Senate Bill 146</a>), given that it goes to a vote of the people, and that nothing will be construed to require a pharmacist or prescriber to obtain information about a patient from the database,” Schaaf told the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Health. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 23:03:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9997 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dueling Mo. Senate Bills Would Each Create A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Drug czar visits Missouri; pushes drug tracking system http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drug-czar-visits-missouri-pushes-drug-tracking-system <p>The nation&rsquo;s drug czar was in Fenton Wednesday highlighting the fact that Missouri does<strong> </strong>not<strong> </strong>have a prescription drug monitoring program.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the only state in the US without a tracking system or that hasn&rsquo;t passed legislation to create one.</p><p>National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske says it&rsquo;s a good way to identify patients who are &quot;doctor shopping.&quot;</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:31:37 +0000 Maria Altman 4334 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drug czar visits Missouri; pushes drug tracking system Mo. Senator taken to hospital from Capitol http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senator-taken-hospital-capitol <p><em><strong><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Updated&nbsp;5-17-2012, 2:31 p.m.</font></font></font></strong></em></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Missouri Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield)&nbsp;has been released from a Jefferson City&nbsp;hospital&nbsp;and is resting at her&nbsp;Capital-area residence.</font></font></font></p> Thu, 17 May 2012 00:51:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3718 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senator taken to hospital from Capitol Morning headlines: Friday, May 4, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-may-4-2012 <p><strong>St. Louis to demolish plywood shacks near Mississippi River</strong></p><p>Demolition&nbsp;will begin&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;at a row of&nbsp;plywood shacks near the Mississippi River in St. Louis where 10&nbsp;homeless people have been evacuated.&nbsp;</p><p>It is the first of three riverfront encampments the city ordered&nbsp;shut down. St. Louis Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff has said that he hopes to have all&nbsp;three encampments cleared out by May 18 after reports of violent&nbsp;crime and rat infestation.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 13:02:45 +0000 Alex King & The Associated Press 3632 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, May 4, 2012 Mo. Governor's authority challenged in health insurance exchange bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-governors-authority-challenged-health-insurance-exchange-bill <p>A State Senate committee heard testimony today on<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12Info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=43"> legislation </a>designed to block<a href="http://gov.mo.gov/"> Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;from creating a health insurance exchange.</p><p>The proposed exchange is part of the national health care law signed by President Obama nearly two years ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;All states are required to have an online exchange where customers can buy health coverage, and any state that doesn&rsquo;t have one by the year 2014 will have&nbsp;one created for them by Washington.&nbsp; The bill sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem34.htm">State Senator Rob Schaaf </a>(R,&nbsp;St. Joseph) would block the Governor and any agency under his authority from creating an exchange by executive order. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:13:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2834 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Governor's authority challenged in health insurance exchange bill