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TheChat: Sen. Jerry Moran hails Senate vote that provides for oversight of a nuclear deal with Iran


Happy Truman Day.

▪ “This legislation’s core objectives are not negotiable. Congress must impose oversight and prevent the president from committing the United States to a dangerous nuclear deal.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, applauding the Senate’s 98-1 vote Thursday approving legislation that establishes congressional review for a proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

Moran said he would have preferred a bill that demanded more accountability from Iran. But, he said, the legislation ultimately reflects “the only opportunity” for Americans to review the deal. The House is likely to approve it next week

▪  “The new law will create certainty in the liability insurance marketplace and make Missouri a more attractive state for physicians and other health care practitioners.” — Herb Kuhn, president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association, on legislation that will restore caps on medical malpractice awards.

The lack of caps the past few years has undermined the state’s ability to attract health care professionals, Kuhn said. Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bipartisan bill Thursday at a Jefferson City hospital. The caps: $400,000 for non-catastrophic personal injury, $700,000 for catastrophic injury, and $700,000 for death.

▪  “With our AAA credit rating and low interest rates, now is the time to make smart investments that will create jobs and strengthen our economy now and in the future.” — Nixon saying he likes the roughly $300 million bond package the Legislature approved Thursday aimed at repairing and renovating the state Capitol and buildings at state parks and public universities.

About $40 million of the money would go to Statehouse repairs. The concern is that workers will find other issues in the aging building that could inflate repair costs dramatically.

▪ “This piece of legislation will put an end to speed traps and the exploitative practices some municipalities have engaged in to bury Missourians under a mountain of excessive fines they cannot afford to pay.” — House Speaker John Diehl hailing legislation headed to Nixon’s desk that would end the predatory practices of some cities, including Ferguson, that padded their city budgets through traffic tickets.

The measure limits the amount of money that cities can generate from traffic tickets to 20 percent of their annual revenue. The current limit is 30 percent. In St. Louis County, where the problem has been particularly egregious, the limit will be 12.5 percent.