Blunt Passes Legislation
According to press releases from the governor's office, Gov. Blunt signed the following legislation:
Gov. Matt Blunt today signed Senate Bill 215, which is estimated to add as much as $10 million to the state's revenue over the next three years. It allows for the formation of captive insurance companies in the state.
Senate Bill 66, sponsored by Sen. Scott Rupp, offers important protections to help put an end to fraud for Missouri consumers. The legislation ensures that Missourians money will not be used inappropriately. It requires mandatory audits of insurance agency's transactions.
Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Sen. Dan Clemens, creates the Large Animal Veterinary Student Loan Program. It will make loans available to a maximum of six students per year who attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at MU. The loan program will also provide loan principal and interest forgiveness to recipients who practice large animal veterinary medicine in underserved areas of Missouri.
Senate Bill 513, sponsored by Sen. Dan Clemens, was also signed, and it expands the professional and practical nurse student loan program allowing nurses to earn forgiveness on their nursing loans by working in additional facilities in defined areas of need. The previous law allowed nurses who participated in Missouri's loan-forgiveness program to work in a public or non-profit facility located in an area of need, but excluded all for-profit facilities except hospitals.
Senate Bill 46, sponsored by Sen. Rob Mayer, requires the director of the Department of Social Services to designate regional liaisons to faith-based organizations. The legislation states the liaisons will work to promote department and faith-based groups working together as a means of providing private community services to Missourians in need of assistance. The legislation also prohibits discrimination against any faith-based groups in carrying out the provisions of the law.
House Bill 948, sponsored by Rep. Rob Schaaf, allows screening results to be released to health professionals providing care to a child. It also allows Missouri universities, researchers and scientists to access newborns' screening specimens as long as a newborn's identity remains anonymous. The newborn's parents or guardians must also agree. These specimens can be used to study the genetic basis of many diseases.
Senate Bill 195, sponsored by Sen. Jason Crowell, amends the practice of pharmacy to allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations and prescriptions for medication therapeutic plans as authorized by a physician. The legislation also allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines by written protocol for Missourians over 12-years-old.