Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

August 26, 2005

Lawmakers prepare for special session and veto session

Gov. Matt Blunt has called lawmakers into special session beginning Sept. 6 to consider several issues related to abortion. The session will run concurrently with the veto session, which is scheduled for Sept. 14. Lawmakers are required to meet each September to provide the opportunity to override any vetoes made by the governor.

Blunt’s call limits the anti-abortion legislation to three subjects: allowing parents to sue those who help minor daughters get abortions in violation of the state’s parental consent law; making it a crime for physicians to perform abortions if they do not have clinical privileges at a hospital offering OB/GYN care within 30 miles; and better defining who can qualify as “next friend” for minors wanting to get exemptions from parental consent requirements. These issues were part of two bills last session that were not successful.

Other topics on the agenda include addressing conflicting language in alcohol-related laws; correcting drafting errors in the new workers’ compensation law; removing provisions prohibiting the posting of personal information of elected officials on the Internet by state and local government offices; and considering a concurrent resolution opposing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ spring rise plan of the Missouri River.

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