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Legislative Update

August 23, 2016

Hello fellow Missouri technologists and students,

I want to provide to you an update on Missouri legislative issues and our march toward state licensure.

MoSRT is ready to begin our constituent march again in Jefferson City. We have had an offer from Representative Galon Higdon to sponsor the next bill. My usual partners in crime include ARRT, ASRT, the MoSRT board, Mike Grote our lobbyist, and myself are in conversations and are actively reviewing our last bill. Representative Higdon has said he will pre file the bill again in December 2016.

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2016

I have included a website link above that I have found helpful and interesting for you to review. I will keep each of our members up to date as we continue to move forward in our goal of educational prepared and clinically competent individuals who provide medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures in Missouri.

Keep in touch with your state affiliate website, mosrt.org for more information. Please continue to share our goals with your colleagues and your medical contacts. Let me know if you should have any questions, email me at diane.hutton@mosrt.org. I look forward to hearing from you, D.

Diane Hutton BA RT(R)
Legislative Activities Chair
Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologist


Legislative Update

February 27, 2016

MoSRT members, 

I am wanting to share some wonderful progress in our march toward state licensure. On Tuesday of this past week, HB 1604 is no longer. I have been telling you for a while that ASRT, ARRT, our lobbyist Michael Grote and I have been working on rewording the bill. I am pleased to announce that HB 2613 is here! (Click HERE to see the current status of the bill).

This bill is a much fuller bill with definitions and additional information which the legislation has requested. Mike and I are actively engaged in finding a senate sponsor and have a few possibilities in line. There is still the consistent thought in Jefferson City that we have too many licenses in Missouri already. However, I continue to stress this is all about keeping Missouri patients safe while they are having medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. That needs to be our common theme.

Look for a 'call to action' soon as we continue to engage House and Senate members. I am thrilled with this next step and ask for your continued support moving forward.

 

Respectfully, 

Diane Hutton, BA, R.T.(R)
President/MoSRT Legislative Activities Chair
Gower, Missouri
Diane.hutton@mosrt.org

LAC Update 

January 1, 2106

MoSRT has asked our bill sponsor to introduce our next proposed bill, which he did on December 2, 2015. Check it out (CLICK HERE), it is HB 1604. It is similar to previously introduced bills; therefore, we continue to work with our sponsor Representative Galen Higdon to refine the bill. 

It is important to get the bill introduced early prior to the actual beginning of the legislative session in order to give us time to work with our own legislators. Here is what you can do to help this legislative process: educate your legislator, contact your legislator to ask for their support of the bill, and be an advocate for our profession. It seems to me that most of what I do in Jefferson City is to educate the legislators on who we are and what we do.
 
Join us on February 9, 2016 for RT in JC, printable copy of our Agenda can be found HERE.  It is our advocacy day; what an opportunity to talk face to face with the folks who will vote on our bill. In order to give our members more time to talk with their legislators, we have moved our advocacy day to February. We will focus on those legislators in the Professional Licensure committee, the committee our bill has been assigned to the past several years. But it will be our responsibility to talk with all legislators. You are their constituents and that word carries a lot of weight in Jefferson City. You are the ones who vote for them! Therefore, you can influence them and answer their questions. We need to stress our motivation comes from our desire to present all Missouri patients who require a Radiology procedure with safety. A safe environment, radiation safety, proper positioning by clinically competent and educationally prepared professionals. Legislative issues need not be confusing or intimidating, keep yourself informed and educate others; just as we do our patients every day. Also please do not think this ‘does not concern me’ because it does. It concerns all of us and our profession going forward. Teach students the importance of knowing what is going on in Jefferson City as well as keeping yourself informed.

Diane Hutton, BA, RT(R) ARRT
Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologist President/LAC Chair
Diane.hutton@mosrt.org


LAC Update

APRIL 30, 2015

Hello Missouri technologists, 
I wanted to provide you with an update about our recent RT in JC event March 31. What an exciting day! We had about 55 in attendance for our state advocacy day. And the icing on the cake was our opportunity to have you all present for the hearing of HB 109. We packed the hearing room! What a great learning time for everyone who was able to be there. We had around 6-7 people (I lost count) testify either for or against the bill. We also had two individuals provide informational testimony.
I was thrilled to have so many of you in Jefferson City to see how the process works. Although I have not had any updates, I believe the bill is still in committee; meaning it has not made it out of committee to the floor. Our senate companion bill, SB 472 is also in committee and has not moved. 
Moving forward, should neither bill move from committee, plans are already underway to begin work on the next bills. I will be making a trip back to Jefferson City within the next couple weeks before the end of session May 15. Should the bills stall in committee, Representative Higdon has already stated he will carry the bill again next session. Keep an eye on mosrt.org for opportunities to attend an open forum meeting where we will invite other interested organizations and individuals to a brain storming meeting. We want to make sure we are transparent in our desire to present an inclusive bill for the next session. 
I want to personally thank everyone who has helped move the bills as far as we have gotten; this is truly been a wonderful ride which we will complete with state licensure for the Radiologic technologist in Missouri. Patient safety is and will continue to be our motivation toward licensure. 
Thank you,
Diane Hutton, LAC Chair


House Bill 109 has a hearing date!

MARCH 20, 2015

Attention Missouri technologists!! We now have a hearing date on the House bill!! March 31!! Yes on our advocacy day. All the more reason to join us for RT in JC!!!

It's not too late to sign up!  

<link removed due to event being completed>



RT in JC - 2015 has been set!

JANUARY 27, 2015

I am pleased to announce that 2015 RT in JC will be March 31, 2015.  I have reserved the third floor alcove from 0800-1030 for opening exercises for our event.

Thank you, 
Diane Hutton BA, RT(R) 
MoSRT President Elect 
LAC 
MoSRT District 1 President


HB 109 update by Diane Hutton BA, RT(R) - LAC Chair

JANUARY 24, 2015

I wanted to update you that HB 109 has been referred to the Professional Registration and Licensing committee.  Looks like they did this on 1/20/15.  I read that Rep. Burlison is the committee chair.

Thank you, 
Diane Hutton BA, RT(R) 
MoSRT President Elect 
LAC 
MoSRT District 1 President


HB 109 update by Diane Hutton (BA), RT(R) - LAC Chair

JANUARY 21, 2015

Good Morning Missouri technologists, I want to provide an update on where we are with state licensure of medical imaging professionals within Missouri. Our current bill sponsor, Representative Galon Higdon, introduced the bill December 3, 2014. As you can see from the screenshot below, the bill has gone forth to be read twice to the assembly. As of today, there is no news as to what committee the bill will be assigned to. Once assigned, I am anxious to see who the Chair/co-chair of each committees will be.

I also want to update you on our annual Missouri advocacy day. As you probably remember, Senator Wallingford introduced SB 527, Medical Radiation Safety Awareness Day. This is a huge step in advocacy for our profession. March 27, 2015 falls on a Friday when most of the legislators are out of office; therefore we will be moving this celebration day to another day earlier in the month. MoSRT will let our membership know when we will celebrate this event. I would love to demonstrate to our legislators how important we believe this bill to be by having a large assembly of technologist and students participate in this day. Look for more information as it becomes available.

Watch mosrt.org for additional information or feel free to email me at diane.hutton@mosrt.org with your questions.

Thank you, 
Diane Hutton BA, RT(R) 
MoSRT President Elect 
LAC 
MoSRT District 1 President



Thanksgiving Day Update!

JANUARY 04, 2015 

I have been in conversation with our House of Representative bill sponsor Representative Galon Higdon's LA (legislative assistant). Rep. Higdon will pre-file the bill on December 1, the first day to pre-file bills. At my meeting with him earlier this year in St. Joseph, he was very encouraging as to the flight of the bill during this upcoming legislative session. ASRT and I have worked with him to craft new bill language that is more accepting to other imaging societies. As you probably remember, MoSRT board members worked with other organizations during the summer to develop more inclusive language; this is the bill Rep. Higdon will introduce next month. According to his LA, the next session will begin in earnest mid January; I will wait till the bill has been assigned a number and also assigned to a committee till I make my next trip to Jefferson City.

I also want to ask your opinion: as you know we have a Senate bill, SB 527, which has been signed by the governor. This is the formal day of recognition of Radiation Safety Awareness day which will be March 27th. March 27, 2015 falls on a Friday; the legislators are not in session on Fridays so we need to have our observance another day that week. This will be our annual RT in JC event. We will want to host this event on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of that same week. Do you have a preference of when we celebrate? Please visit the mosrt.org website to send Janet Akers or I a message.

Please visit mosrt.org often to keep yourself informed of what MoSRT is doing on your behalf. As the next legislative session begins mid January, make sure you put your advocacy hat on; contact your Senator and Representatives to comment on state licensure for the Missouri imaging technologist. Remember, our goal is to have anyone utilizing ionizing radiation be educationally prepared and clinically competent to provide quality Radiologic imaging studies for every Missouri patient.

Advocate on!!

-- 
Diane Hutton, BA RT(R) ARRT
MoSRT President Elect
Legislative Activities Chair