In another predictable defeat for censured Senator Julie Frye-Mueller’s whackdoodlery, Senate Health and Human Services rejected Frye-Mueller’s attempt to play doctor on opioid prescriptions. Wednesday the committee heard Senate Bill 122, which would have limited opioid prescriptions and told doctors what to say to patients about those drugs. Real health care providers told the committee to fry this bill:
“Why can’t a little extra time be taken in the doctor’s office when a life is at stake?” Frye-Meuller said.
Opponents included Sanford Health and Avera Health, and the South Dakota Pharmacists and State Medical associations.
Opponents took issue with, among other text in the bill, a part that says, “a person receiving treatment for substance abuse, including opiate or opioid abuse” is excused from the rules in the legislation.
“This would seem to allow someone who is suffering from addiction issues, from these substances, to be able to bypass any of the protections set forward in this bill,” said Mitch Rave, a lobbyist with Sanford Health [Joshua Haiar, “Attempt to Block Covid Vaccines from Required School Immunizations Fails in Committee,” South Dakota Searchlight, 2023.02.15].
Senate Health and Human Services killed SB 122 on a 7–0 vote. The committee gave similar treatment to SB 125, Frye-Mueller’s attempt to strip the Department of Health from adding to the vaccines required to attend school, including coronavirus vaccines. Proponent testimony for this anti-science bushwah revealed that District 8 voters managed to avoid electing another anti-vaccine nut who thinks Googling makes her smarter than public health professionals:
Proponent testimony included members of the public who said they have done their own research about vaccines – like Heather DeVries of Madison, who thinks no new vaccines should be mandated. She said the internet has enough information to ensure parents make the right choice about immunizations.
“We have the ability to research them because we have the internet,” DeVries said. “We have a voice to say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ it’s our choice” [Haiar, 2023.02.15].
DeVries ran against incumbent Noem appointee and Schoenbeck lapdog Casey Crabtree in the District 8 primary last year. Despite radical right-wing Representative Scott Odenbach’s investment of $1,000 in DeVries’s campaign, Crabtree creamed the political unknown 79% to 21%. I don’t usually celebrate the GOP establishment tools that my friends back in Madison like electing, but in this case, District 8 voters avoided electing a Frye-Muellerian regressive, so good work, District 8!