Thumbs up to Washington University Medical School for offering a course on Public Health Impact of Gun Violence and to the Institute for Public Health for the excellent website describing it and providing sources for gun violence information.
Thumbs up to a settlement that awards $4.7 millionto an estimated 2,000 mainly poor and minority people who had been sentenced to serve jail time for unpaid court debts.
Thumbs up to Gov. Jay Nixonfor vetoing a bill that would have allowed Missouri doctors to charge their low-income patients late fees for missed appointments.
Thumbs up to the U. S. Supreme Courtfor ruling that guns can be taken from abusers. The Court voted 6-2 to uphold a federal law that denies guns to those who commit violence against family members.
Thumbs up for a ruling by US District Judge Nannete Laughrey in favor of a Columbia, MO Planned Parenthood clinicafter the state tried to revoke its abortion license. The ruling on May 11 stated that the Department of Health and Senior Services likely bowed to political pressure and unfairly revoked the clinic’s license.
Thumbs up to Googlefor banning payday loan ads, saying they are "deceptive or harmful financial products" because they "can result in unaffordable payment and high default rates for users."
Thumbs down to the MO Legislature which over-rode the Governor's veto on capping school funding.
Thumbs down to the MO Housefor passing "personhood amendment" bill that would recognize a right to life of “unborn children at every stage of development.” The bill needs a second House vote before moving to the Senate.
Legislature Overrides Veto of Medicaid Co-Pay Bill
The MO legislature overrode the veto of SB608 on Sept 14. This bill penalizes Medicaid patients withco-pays for using the Emergency Room. Research shows that charging co-pays in Medicaid leads people to skip the care they need.