PDMP Passes Senate with Major Changes

Yesterday the Senate passed Rep. Holly Rehder's PDMP bill, HB 90, by a vote of 22 to 9. Several major, and problematic, changes were made to the bill during the lengthy debate. The bill now requires prescribers to use the PDMP except in certain instances, such as medical emergencies, when treating terminal patients, or in hospitals as long as the prescriber or attending checks the program once after a patient's admission. Requiring prescribers to use the system was the agreement made with Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) so he would not block the bill, though several hours were spent working on the exceptions to this provision. Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) added an amendment requiring d

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