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(Jefferson City) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed six bills into law Thursday, including two that improve government efficiency, one that helps businesses lower insurance costs, and another that protects the safety of patients taking prescribed medications.

The bills signed today were:

  • Senate Bill 80, which allows the Department of Health and Senior Services to use electronic means to notify nursing home administrators of license renewal. Current law requires that the notification be done by mail.
  • Senate Bill 191, which allows the Public Service Commission to produce its publications in electronic format. The current list of publication methods includes only pamphlets or books.
  • Senate Bill 287, which is intended to help lower the overhead costs for mid-sized businesses in Missouri that self-insure through captive insurance companies, and to encourage more captive insurance companies to locate in the state.
  • Senate Bill 306, which expands the inspection authority of the State Board of Pharmacy to include testing of pharmaceutical inventory, in an effort to prevent unsafe and ineffective medications from being administered to Missouri patients.
  • Senate Bill 324, which modifies the regulation of the sale of travel insurance.
  • Senate Bill 376, which clarifies the ability of hospital districts to allow any higher education institution to use hospital facilities to offer education or training.

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