Have you ever heard of Interchangeable Biological Products? We heard a bill on Tuesday in committee that explained what they were and what they hope to be able to do with them. I’m far from being an expert on the method, but in a nutshell, scientists grow a live cell culture and add the patients’ own DNA to it. When it is surgically implanted into the patient the culture seeks out and destroys all the alien cancer cells without harming anything that matches your DNA. It sounds like science fiction but they are having astounding results from tests and if it continues on the path it’s going, we could have a surgery and radiation free cancer cure in a few years. I’m certainly in favor of a full floor debate on its’ merits and look forward to passing it.
I’m getting numerous calls and emails concerning the Real ID card. Missouri is NOT one of only four states not in compliance. Only a few states have even partially complied with the plan. Twenty-seven states have been given extensions but five states including Missouri have been singled out. No one will be excluded from air travel until 2018 but the Administration has decided that our Drivers’ license isn’t enough ID to enter military bases or Federal buildings. Regardless of actions taken by the Legislature, we cannot comply with their rules overnight. If we did everything humanly possible it will still be a matter of months or years to get all the photographic and fingerprint equipment in place and everyone trained in their use. Meanwhile, don’t panic. If you need to visit a military installation, simply call them and ask what additional ID they require. Usually one additional form of identification is sufficient and they will work with you.
I met with the chief engineer for MoDot and impressed upon her the urgency of repairing Highway 59. She told me that a several hundred-foot section of pavement had dropped over a foot due to being undercut by the flood. They will have to remove the pavement (and some of it is over two feet thick), drive pilings 30 feet deep or more and then rebuild the base before paving again. They assured me that they would work as quickly as possible and try to beat their estimated time by a substantial amount. I’ll keep you updated as I hear more.