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Rep. Holly Rehder watches debate on her right-to-work bill Jan. 18, 2017 (Courtesy of Tim Bommel)

House votes to take Rehder’s PDMP bill to conference

House votes to take Rehder’s PDMP bill to conference

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Holly Rehder and the House voted by voice to reject the Senate substitute for her prescription drug monitoring bill after some heated debate on the House floor. The bill will now go to conference, though a time has not yet been set. Just before the long weekend of Easter break, the

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Veterans appeal to Greitens to legalize medical cannabis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Veterans advocating for the legalization and safe regulation of medicinal cannabis visited the Capitol Tuesday hoping to catch the ear of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. The group of about 10 veterans came from various branches – Marines, Army, National Guard – and all suffered from various ailments – brain tumors, pain,

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Senate passes Rehder’s PDMP bill with major changes

Kraus leads opposition to PDMP as Schaaf receives desired changes JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf may have famously ended his long, deep opposition to Rep. Holly Rehder’s prescription drug monitoring plan (PDMP) bill, but that did not mean the rest of the Senate would step aside so easily. Yet after four hours of

Sen. Rob Schaaf announces he will no longer oppose Rep. Holly Rehder's PDMP bill April 4, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Schaaf to back down on opposition to Rehder’s PDMP bill

Major decision ends biggest obstacle to PDMP passage JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a highly unexpected turn of events on the prescription drug monitoring act (PDMP) debate, Sen. Rob Schaaf announced Tuesday evening he would end his opposition to Rep. Holly Rehder’s Narcotics Control Act. In a speech handwritten on a spare sheet of paper, Schaaf

Rep. Holly Rehder argues for the apssage of the right-to-work bill she carried in the House Feb. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Communications)

Rehder fends off most changes to PDMP bill as House perfects

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House perfected Rep. Holly Rehder’s bill to establish a prescription drug monitoring plan (PDMP) after roughly three hours of deliberation and debate. A vote to pass the bill will likely come during Thursday’s session. The bill, which would create a program to track individuals’ purchases of prescription opiates, has faced

Sen. Rob Schaaf filibusters PDMP legislation. May 12, 2016

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Schaaf’s PDMP bill passes through Senate, Rehder ready to oppose

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate third read and passed Sen. Rob Schaaf’s own take on a prescription drug monitoring plan (PDMP) Thursday, but it still has competition to become Missouri’s definitive PDMP policy. In the past few years, Schaaf has proven an immovable object on PDMP legislation offered by Sen. Dave Schatz and Rep.

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Meth incidents down, lawmaker points to NPLEx system as cause

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members of the Missouri legislature and the Missouri Pharmacy Association gathered at the Whaley’s East End Pharmacy Tuesday morning for a demonstration of the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), which is being used to fight back against Missouri’s meth problem. The NPLEx system looks to curb meth production by keeping pseudoephedrine

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New Approach to get head start on medical marijuana ballot measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last year, Missouri’s medical marijuana measure fell just 23 signatures short of making the November ballot. Now, the same group will hope to have just slightly better luck in the 2018 election. New Approach Missouri announced they would begin their signature collection this month for Initiative Petition 2018-051, which would make Missouri the 29th

Rep. Holly Rehder watches debate on her right-to-work bill Jan. 18, 2017 (Courtesy of Tim Bommel)

With right-to-work done, Rehder moves on to PDMP legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Right-to-work has preoccupied Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, for the first month of session, but now that Gov. Eric Greitens has signed the monumental piece of legislation, she will move onto her next major legislative priority: initiating a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri. For the third year in a row, Rehder

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Veterans organization supports Neely’s medical cannabis bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last week, the Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations flocked to Jefferson City for their lobby days to advocate for those who have fought in foreign wars. While MAVO noted but did not take sides, on several bills of interest in their itinerary, from issues as wide-ranging as Rep. Holly Rehder’s prescription

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