News Plan B Bill Dead
posted by January 25 at 7:33 AMon
Originally posted yesterday at 7:30 pm
Sen. Karen Keiser (D-33, Des Moines) called me back late in the day (I was heading home on I-5 with my secret lobbyist carpool mate when she called) to confirm that she has indeed tabled her bill to mandate that pharmacies fill Plan B prescriptions.
She sounded personally devastated by the decision, but emphasized that the consistent legal advice she got was to drop it.
The bill, she explained, was complicated by the pending case (filed by a pharmacy) against state rules that mandate Plan B scrips are filled.
I put the word pharmacy in italics because the lawsuit against the pharmacy board rules concern pharmacists, and so, her bill initially seemed to circumvent the issues at play in the case.
However, the fact that the suit actually involves a pharmacy, Ralph’s Thriftway in Olympia, made the case relevant to Sen. Keiser’s proposal and created a dynamic between the legislation and the case, she said, that convinced her to let the court decide the issues without the histrionics (on both sides) that could have impacted the case.