May 08

Business and Labor Law Reforms in MIssouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – “Right to Work” is only part of the discussion when it comes to the effort to reform the state’s laws on business and labor.

State Senator Bill Eigel (R) and the AFL-CIO of Missouri’s Pat White offer two very different perspectives on the direction the state should be going when it comes to the workplace, the courtroom and the State Capitol.

On the web:

Senator Bill Eigel

Missouri AFL-CIO

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/business-and-labor-law-reforms-in-missouri/

Apr 10

Should Missouri’s Government Track Your Prescriptions?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Forty-nine states already track the prescriptions doctors write in a government database.

Which state does not? Missouri.

That could change soon if State Rep. Holly Rehder (R) is successful in getting her bill through the Legislature and on to Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk. With Sen. Rob Schaaf, the most vocal opponent of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) now standing down, that could happen this week.

On this week’s episode, Rehder shares her personal story of how substance abuse has impacted her family. She also explains how she thinks a PDMP would impact the state.

Former State Rep. Carl Bearden, who now runs United for Missouri, argues against establishing a Missouri PDMP.

On the web:

Holly Rehder

United for Missouri

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/should-missouris-government-track-your-prescriptions/

Apr 02

Missouri Legislative Update

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Spring Break is over for Missouri lawmakers and the second half of the Legislative Session is underway.

This week, Republican State Senator Bill Eigel and Democratic State Representative Tracy McCreery offer their views on what the Legislature should focus on for the remainder of their work this year.

On the web:

Senator Bill Eigel

Representative Tracy McCreery

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/missouri-legislative-update/

Mar 26

Should Missouri Expand Charter School Access?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – It’s one of the most contentious debates in the state right now and it’s not Republican-versus-Democrat.

It’s often urban and suburban versus rural.

Charter schools are only allowed in Kansas City and St. Louis right now but some lawmakers want to allow other parts of the state to have that option.

State Rep. Nate Walker (R) doesn’t like that idea and explains why.

Dr. Doug Thamen from the Missouri Charter Public School Association hopes lawmakers will make that option available statewide.

On the web:

Rep. Nate Walker

Missouri Charter Public School Association

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/should-missouri-expand-charter-school-access/

Mar 23

Transparency and “Sunshine” in Missouri’s Government

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – It’s easy to say we want government transparency and accountability but it’s more difficult to actually make that happen.

The Missouri Sunshine Coalition’s Jean Buchanan (an editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) discusses the importance of the “Sunshine Law” and the public’s access to government meetings and documents.

Also, Dave Roland from the Freedom Center of Missouri explains why he works to apply the Sunshine Law to law enforcement agencies. ROland answers some of the criticism of his legal work in that area of law.

Missouri Sunshine Coalition

Freedom Center of Missouri

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/transparency-and-sunshine-in-missouris-government/

Mar 23

Consumer Protection Laws in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – One of the top items on many Republicans’ to-do list this Legislative Session is to reform the state’s legal climate for businesses.

Cara Spencer from the Consumers Council of Missouri doesn’t like what she’s seeing in that effort so far and explains why.

State Rep. Nick Schoer (R) makes his case for the changes that are already underway.

On the web:

Consumers Council of Missouri

Rep. Nick Schroer

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/consumer-protection-laws-in-missouri/

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