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Week In Review: Abortion-Inducing Drugs and School Vouchers

Committees made changes to a bill that regulates abortion-inducing drugs and another that would expand the state's school voucher program.

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Legislators also passed a bill that expands the definition of synthetic drugs.

A House committee removed a controversial provision of a bill regulating abortion-inducing drugs this week while a Senate committee reined in expansion of the state’s school voucher program.

Legislation regulating the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 left the Senate with a requirement that all women must receive an ultrasound prior to obtaining the drug from an abortion clinic. But a House committee amended the bill to allow women the option of refusing the ultrasound.

The Senate Education Committee approved changes to school voucher expansion legislation. The original bill completely removed the requirement that students spend at least one year in public school before receiving a voucher. The legislation would now require children to attend kindergarten in a public school before obtaining a voucher, unless the student’s public school received a failing grade from the state.

And legislation aimed at curbing the sale of synthetic drugs is headed for the governor’s desk. It is the third consecutive year the General Assembly is addressing synthetic drugs.

Previously, the legislature attempted to ban specific compounds in the drugs. But manufacturers simply changed the compounds each time, skirting the law.

This year’s bill bans look-alikes, any substances that appear like synthetic drugs that serve no other purpose. Lawmakers hope the bill will finally allow law enforcement to effectively crack down on the sale and use of the harmful products.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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