Missouri July Revenue Report

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering released the state’s monthly revenue report today, showing a slight downturn in collections compared to July of 2014. July collections 1.2 percent from $512.9 million in 2014 to $506 million this year. Luebbering said the state general revenue fund borrowed $200 million from the state’s budget reserves for “cash flow”[…]

Record number of bills vetoed by Missouri Governor

JEFFERSON CITY • Gov. Jay Nixon used his veto pen to set a personal record this year following a legislative session marred by showdowns over tax cuts, school choice and revenue estimates. Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed 33 bills — the most in a single year since he took office in 2009. His total is just two[…]

AP: Senate endorses Chemotherapy Parity Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that could lower treatment costs for some cancer patients.

The measure endorsed Tuesday would let insurance companies charge patients only $75 more per month for chemotherapy pills than traditional intravenous chemotherapy treatments.

Patients are often charged much more for oral chemotherapy because it is handled as a pharmacy benefit. Intravenous treatments often only cost the standard co-payment for an office visit.

#goMO: This Week’s Top 10 Social Media Posts in Missouri Politics

A snapshot of issues, people, events, and organizations “on the go” each Wednesday…

As a result of rapid advancements in technology, everyone and everything is on the go around the clock. Issues are moving faster and opposition is always powered on, ultimately changing the way state and federal legislators, lobbyists, and special interest groups advocate on a daily basis.

As you may know, Wednesday is often times the busiest day in the state legislature and a pivotal point when momentum can be either gained or lost. Each Wednesday during the 2014 legislative session, the Gate Way Group (@GWLobbyist) will list the top #goMO social media posts for a quick look at who and what is on the move in Missouri. This will include trending ideas, debates, momentum shifts, pictures, and humor exchanged on social media.

Barnes pushes 4 privacy rights bills

The right to privacy is a fundamental human right, even when it comes to corporate or industrial spying, state Rep. Jay Barnes told a House panel Thursday.

He presented four bills before the committee that aim to protect the privacy of Missourians.

The bill that faced the most opposition was one that would prohibit the sharing of personally identifiable information — including the purchasing history — of Missourians without their consent.

It defines personally identifiable information as “any information that identifies, relates to, describes, or is capable of being associated with a consumer.”

Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said the law would especially come into play with big-box retailers, such as Walmart.

Caps on medical malpractice lawsuits win OK from Missouri house panel

JEFFERSON CITY • A House committee on Wednesday endorsed legislation to cap some awards in medical malpractice cases.

The measures would limit non-economic damages for medical malpractice lawsuits to $350,000. That limit would not apply to economic damages such as lost wages or hospital bills.

Supporters say the legislation is necessary to keep medical malpractice insurance premiums from soaring and potentially driving doctors out of the state, or at least making it more difficult for them to stay in business.