LAC Update - May 2019

Diane Hutton BA, RT(R) ARRT

Legislative Activities Chair

Good afternoon colleagues,

As you know, our bill was unable to make it to the floor of the Senate and in the House, it never made it out of committee. However we have been able to position ourselves in such a way that conversations will begin with all concerned groups soon; I am hopeful that these discussions will help us to clear up any misconceptions that our opposition currently hold.

We were able to place an amendment onto SB 275 by killing the HCS, I have included the amendment below, then readopting the original bill and placing our amendment on which forces all groups to come to the table for discussions. There are time-frames plus details included in the amendment that specify 'who, what, where' etc of those who are included. The main opposition group, CRNA's are included in the discussions. 

As of now, we are waiting for the governor to sign the bill. I know most of you are aware of the tornado here in Jefferson City so he has been traveling the affected areas; however he did sign SB 126 yesterday (the abortion bill) so hopefully he will get to these other bills soon. He has until July 15 to sign all bills on his desk with the bills being in effect August 28, 2019.

I want to mention a few of the positives that have come out of this past session. We continue to make strides within the Capital itself. More and more legislators understand what we are trying to accomplish and why. I think the most positive movement I see is we are also building advocates!. More technologists and students as well as many others outside the profession are becoming involved and want to carry forth our message to their legislators. It is fantastic to see!

I wanted to give you all a heads up. I am really looking forward to sitting down with all the groups plus the legislators that will be assigned to have an open discussion. We will need to get a report to the general assembly by January 15, 2020. I am hopeful we will be able to work out language that we all can agree on; as long as everyone places patient care first in Missouri!!.

On a side note, I am planning on having our RT in JC advocacy day in February 2020. Be thinking of that so you can place on your calendars; if there are specific days in February that do not work for you, let me know. I will schedule the HR at the Capital soon.

It is my continued pleasure to be your voice in Jefferson City at the Capital. Please let me know if you have any questions,  Diane.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Hutton BA, RT(R) ARRT

Legislative Activities Chair

Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists


This provision establishes the Joint Task Force on Radiologic Technologist Licensure, which shall review the current status of licensure of radiologic technologists in Missouri, and develop a plan to address the most appropriate method to protect public safety when radiologic imaging and radiologic procedures are utilized. The plan shall include certain elements set forth in the act.

The task force shall be composed of members set forth in the act, including two members of the Senate and two members of the House of Representatives.

The task force shall meet within 30 days of its creation and select a chair and vice-chair, and shall submit a full report of its activities to the General Assembly on or before January 15, 2020.