The State Senate has completed work on legislation dealing with topics ranging from life insurance to abandoned property on Missouri highways to immunization for the human papilloma virus.

SB 126 , sponsored by Senator Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville), would prevent life insurance companies from denying or refusing to accept life insurance applications, based on an applicant’s past or future lawful travel destinations. An exception would be made if the insurance company could produce actuarial data to indicate there is a genuine threat associated with travel to a certain part of the world.

SB 88 , sponsored by Senator Bill Stouffer (R-Napton), would consider as abandoned property any vehicle left unattended for 10 hours on the right-of-way of the state highway system – anywhere in the state. Under current law, the 10 hour limit is only in effect in urbanized areas, with a 48 hour limit in effect outside urban areas. The legislation would also allow law enforcement to remove any vehicle considered to be a traffic hazard.

SB 104 , sponsored by Senator Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City), provides that female students enrolling in sixth grade in public school may receive, at the option of a parent or guardian, an immunization for the human papillomavirus (HPV). The State Health Department would be required to mail age appropriate information to parents or guardians of female students entering the sixth grade regarding the connection between HPV and cervical cancer and the availability of the HPV immunization.

These bills now move to the Missouri House.