Medical malpractice bill raises ethics questions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Ethics questions are being raised over the handling of a medical malpractice insurance bill.

The Kansas City Star reported that the vice chairman of the senate committee where the bill died has a business that would have faced stricter regulations had the legislation passed.

One ethics expert suggested Sen. Rob Schaaf should have recused himself from involvement in the legislation that was introduced last spring.

For seven years, the St. Joseph Republican and family physician has been co-owner of the Missouri Doctors Mutual Insurance Co., known as MoDocs.

The Star reported the legislation would have required his company to boost its cash surplus and rewrite policies for charging customers.

Schaaf says he doubts he had "much influence on the trajectory of the bill at all."

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