State Representatives Robert Ross and Steve Lynch, along with State Senator Dan Brown spoke to members of the Waynesville - St. Robert Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at the annual Eggs and Issues Luncheon.
Brown discussed the fact that his term would be coming to an end and pointed to challenges that represented when it comes to understanding how budget and other legislation will affect Missourians in the future.
"It's hard to know what a budget is going to do," Brown said agreeing that he believed in term limits, but said he felt maybe extending it a bit would help some of the challenges that legislators are faced with as they begin to understand what their budget decisions will do down the road.
Brown said that when you get to end of your terms, you've finally got it all figured out, and "then it's time to go home." He also joked that if anyone changed the term limits, he was glad it would be after he went home himself.
Brown also discussed how important he felt the new military advocate position is and will be in the future, going forward so that Missouri could continue to advocate for Fort Leonard Wood and other military installations in the state.
Lynch was very complimentary of Brown and said he was grateful for the role that Brown has played in helping to get some of Lynch's legislation passed.
Lynch said he had a "grateful heart" and is "thankful" for the ability to be part of worthy causes, including the legislation he's worked on concerning saving drug addicts. Lynch discussed his efforts to get Narcan, the heroine overdose cure, approved, as well as other legislation aimed at saving drug addicts.
Ross called the recent legislative session a "mixed bag" of good and bad outcomes in legislation. He discussed how happy he was that Right to Work passed and discussed some things he was happy didn't pass such as a prescription drug monitoring program.
Ross said prescription drug monitoring programs don't work and are a violation of privacy for individuals. Ross was critical of government mandated spending for Medicaid.
"Medicaid users are the largest abusers of opiates," Ross said, going on to say that they're already being monitored and a drug monitoring program would not curb or fix the problem.
During the question and answer session, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman asked Steve Lynch how he felt about a drug monitoring program, adding that a relative, who lives in Arkansas and is in the medical field, said that it helps the problem.
Lynch said he supports a drug monitoring program because it "prevents doctor shopping," a process where individuals visit multiple doctors and pharmacies for opiate prescriptions. According to Lynch, a large portion of heroin users start out using prescription drugs.
"It's not the silver bullet, but it's a piece of the puzzle," Lynch said.
Brown said he was originally against such a program, has since changed his mind, but said he wasn't "sure if the state has the assets to manage it."