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Midwifery Bills Combined

Date: February 20, 2008
By: Erika Navarrete
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB870 SB1021

Intro: The combination of two midwifery bills was met with opposition by one senator in Wednesday's Senate Pensions Committee Executive Session.

Erika Navarrete (Nahv-ah-rett) has more from Jefferson City. 

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Not only would the combined bill repeal legislation that Republican Senator John Loudon hid in a house bill last year, it would also legalize midwifery. Republican Senator Gary Nodler was opposed to the combination.
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Description: "If you pass these both together you would render the current case moot and invite the submission of a brand new case. And why would we do that?"

But Republican Senator Scott Rupp was concerned about the potential conflicts if one bill passed and the other didn't.
Republican Senator and committee chair Jason Crowell argued the bills would have unbalanced protection if they were split and urged to make sure that one bill didn't pass with out the other. From the State Capitol, I'm Erika Navarrete.
 
Intro: The Senate Pensions Committee approved the legalization of midwifery in Missouri.

Erika Navarrete (Nahv-ah-rett) has more from Jefferson City. 

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The committee merged the two different midwifery bills together in order to speed up the process of authorizing the practice.

Bill sponsor Republican Senator John Loudon said the combination of the bills shows there is a strong will to get the issue done and over with.

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Description: "I think it's just time to get this issue behind us and give Missourians the freedom that the rest of the world enjoys." 


Loudon said even though he wanted the people to have a vote on the repeal, he thought the committee reached a conclusion that made sense.

From the State Capitol, I'm Erika Navarrete.