Rob Schaaf http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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