The House Bill I sponsored concerning Physical Therapists, HB 1355 , unanimously passed out of the Professional Registration and Licensing Committee. This bill requires reimbursement amounts and copays by health insurance carriers for any service or procedure rendered by a physical therapist within the scope of practice to be in the same amounts as paid to a licensed physical therapist performing the same or similar service or procedure regardless of the setting or venue in which the service or procedure is rendered.
HB 1549 (reported to Senate) This legislation changes the laws regarding the state's No-call List:
|*||It allows a No-Call List subscriber to have his or her wireless telephone number added to the list.|
|*||The current No-Call List only applies to "telephone solicitation" --which is any voice communication over a telephone line from a live operator for the purpose of encouraging the purchase or rental of, or investment in, property, goods or services, but does not include specified communications. The substitute changes it to any voice, facsimile, short messaging service, or multimedia messaging service for that purpose.|
The following four bills passed from the House this week:
HB 1826 allows the Board of Probation and Parole or a hearing panel of the board, to conduct a hearing with an offender by means of a videoconference at its discretion.
HB 1574 This bill allows a person to apply to the Department of Revenue to obtain a veteran designation on a driver's license or identification card.
HB 1364 pertains to rodeos. It specifies that the right to conduct and participate in rodeos is guaranteed and prohibits any law, ordinance, or rule restricting the conducting of or participating in rodeos in Missouri. These provisions cannot be construed as prohibiting any reasonable restrictions regarding time, place, and manner consistent with other similar events or as superseding local zoning ordinances. Promoters of rodeos have the authority to establish fees and set rules for their specific events.
HB 1211 changes certain provisions for local county courts. Among its many provisions it :
|*||Removes the requirement that judges of a county municipal court be residents of the county, and instead, allows the county to establish qualifications for the position by ordinance;|
|*||Authorizes any local governmental agency to use collection agencies to collect specified debts, including court or administrative fines or costs associated with a criminal conviction or entry of a civil judgment;|
|*||Authorizes any county of the first classification to prosecute and punish violations of its county orders in the circuit court or in a county municipal court if the creation of a county municipal court is approved by an order of the county commission.|