25 Jun Sen. Schupp’s News from the Senate Side: June 25, 2018
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
In the past month since session ended, much has happened. Now “Former” Governor, Eric Greitens resigned, bringing House impeachment proceedings to an end.
Meantime, former Lt. Governor, Mike Parson, has become Governor Mike Parson. Having served with him as a Senate colleague, and later as he presided over the Senate as Lt. Governor, I have come to know him well and respect him. He and I are working together on dealing with the problem of deaths of infants and young children in what are currently unlicensed daycare centers.
While Governor Parson and I will have strong disagreements on several issues, he is a person whom I believe brings integrity and heart to his service on behalf of the people of our state.
Should the people of the 24th elect me to serve another term as Senator, I will be doing so with Senator-elect Lauren Arthur, who won a special election earlier this month in Kansas City. Representative Arthur is currently serving in Missouri’s House. She is a smart and thoughtful legislator and will be a strong addition to Missouri’s Senate. You have heard us share the airwaves as part of the Heads Up Missouri! podcast team.
Please mark your calendars and RSVP to one or more of the events we have set up that interest you within our district this summer and fall. They provide educational, environmental and healthcare opportunities at no cost to you. Regardless of where you live, you are welcome to attend! Please see our schedule of events below.
With gratitude for the opportunity to serve,
Senator Jill Schupp
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Schupp Bills that will become Law
Among the bills that passed this session were 6 pieces of my legislation. I had successfully added most of them as amendments onto others’ bills which were moving through the multi-step process. Details of the amendments/bills, soon to be law, are summarized below.
- Suicide Prevention Training: Requires mental health professionals to complete two hours of suicide prevention training prior to receiving or renewing his or her licensure. This provision was included in the final version of HB 1719.
- Whistleblower Protection Act: Protects public employees who choose to speak out against waste, fraud, and abuse from retaliation. It requires that information be made public by outlawing non-disclosure agreements. This provision was included in the final version of SB 1007.
- Career Readiness Task Force: Establishes a task force to study how to best prepare students for future careers and college opportunities. This provision was included in the final version of SB 894.
- Surprise Billing: Allows, in most emergency circumstances, for doctors to bill insurance companies for unanticipated out of network health care costs, thus eliminating patients from receiving surprise bills. A modified provision of this bill was included in the final version of SB 982.
- Trauma Informed Care for Children Board: Establishes public-private partnership to promote the healthy development of children and families by promoting comprehensive trauma-informed support systems and interagency cooperation. This provision was included in the final version of SB 819.
- Criminalizing “Revenge Porn”: Makes it a felony to nonconsensually share or distribute private sexual images. This provision was also introduced in the House of Representatives as HB 1558, which was finalized and sent to the Governor for approval.
For a complete list of bills sponsored by Sen. Schupp, click here.
Senator Schupp was invited to speak to the American Federation of Suicide Prevention at their national conference in Washington DC for her work on suicide prevention policy
Bills that Strengthen Communities
Bill Number Sponsor Short Summary SB 655 Sifton Eliminates statute of limitations on certain crimes against children SB 800 Libla Raises the age to 18 for when a child can be prosecuted as an adult HB 1264 Pike Creates a human trafficking hotline HB 1503 Dohrman Creates a veterans small business loan program HB 1516 Wiemann Expands medicaid insurance coverage to include chiropractic services HB 1617 Barnes Expands telehealth services HB 1625 Morris Creates the Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program HB 1796 Ruth Creates the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Act HB 1872 Johnson Creates a grant program to expand rural broadband internet service HB 2280 Haefner Expands Medicaid for pregnant women and new moms
For a complete list of bills passed by the legislature this year, click here.
Bills with Negative Consequences
Bill Number Sponsor Short Summary SB 564 Emery Eliminates consumer protections in electric rate billing over time. SB 590 Hegeman Cuts back on Historic Preservation Tax Credits which stimulate growth and repurpose of buildings. SB 917 Crawford Eliminates preventative clean up of coal ash pollution. SB 884 Koenig Provides additional corporate tax cuts without accountability. SB 1007 Kehoe Eliminates the public employee merit system, allowing firing without due process. SCR 49 Schatz Moves the so-called “Right to Work” repeal vote from November to August for political reasons. HB 1288 Engler Increases tax credits for Crisis Pregnancy Centers without requirement of medically accurate info for patients. HB 1413 Taylor Places hurdles on unions as they seek to collect annual dues for membership and representation. HB 1729 Justus Limits prevailing wage laws, effectively lowering wages of working people.
“Count the Kicks” Comes to Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, applauded the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) for implementing Count the Kicks, a public health initiative designed to improve Missouri’s infant mortality rate and prevent stillbirths.
Last year, Sen. Schupp met with representatives from DHSS to discuss bringing the program to the Show-Me State after learning of its success in other states.
“Improving the health of women and children is a top priority of mine and I greatly appreciate the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for meeting to discuss this life-saving program, and for ultimately bringing it to Missouri,” Sen. Schupp said. “This is an important step forward in reducing Missouri’s infant mortality rate which has been far too high for far too long.”
Count the Kicks is a stillbirth prevention campaign that encourages expectant parents to track their baby’s movements daily during the third trimester of pregnancy, and contact their healthcare provider right away if there are any concerning changes.
In Iowa, where the program was first implemented, the number of stillbirths each year has decreased by more than 25 percent.