After a tumultuous election season, MRA reflects on the departure of some legislators who have sponsored legislation that threatened the research profession:

  • Arizona Senator Meg Burton-Cahill (D-17) did not seek re-election. She sponsored S.B. 1237, a physician payment disclosure bill. MRA covered this bill in the February 2010 Legislative Update.
  • Kansas Representative Dale Swenson (D-97) was defeated for re-election. He sponsored H.B. 2217, a bill that would have extended telemarketing restrictions to campaign calls, including some political polling, which MRA covered in the January and July 2010 Legislative Updates.
  • Missouri Representative Rachel Bringer (D-6) was prevented from running for re-election due to term limits. She sponsored H.B. 1325, a bill restricting automated calls that could have required automated survey and opinion research calls to abide by the Missouri do not call registry (from which such calls are currently exempt). MRA covered this bill in the December 2009 and June 2010 Legislative Updates.
  • Missouri Representative Michael George Corcoran (D-77) was prevented from running for re-election due to term limits. He sponsored H.B. 1547, a bill that would have extended the restricted space around polling places, making it harder to conduct exit polling. MRA last covered this legislation in the January and June 2010 Legislative Updates.
  • Missouri Representative Bryan Pratt (R-55) was prevented from running for re-election due to term limits. He sponsored H.B. 1652, a bill that could have required automated survey and opinion research calls to abide by the Missouri do not call registry (from which such calls are currently exempt). MRA covered this bill in the February and June 2010 Legislative Updates.
  • Missouri Representative Paul LeVota (D-52) was prevented from running for re-election due to term limits. He sponsored H.B. 1686, a bill that could have required non-political automated survey and opinion research calls to abide by the Missouri do not call registry (from which such calls are currently exempt). MRA covered this bill in the March and June 2010 Legislative Updates.
  • New York Senator Frank Padavan (R-11) was defeated for re-election. He sponsored S.B. 2373, which could have restricted political polling. MRA covered this bill in the November 2010 Legislative Update.
  • Rhode Island Representative Raymond J. Sullivan (D-29) retired. He was the sponsor of the Prescription Drug and Medical Device Marketing Restrictions and Disclosure Act (H.B. 5645), which would have banned physician incentives for marketing research participation. MRA covered this legislation in the April 2009 Legislative Update.
  • Wisconsin Assembly Member Roger Roth (R-56) retired. He sponsored A.B. 93, a bill which would have restricted automated research calls. MRA covered this legislation in the May 2009 and May 2010 Legislative Updates.
  • Wisconsin Assembly Member Spencer Black (D-77) retired. He sponsored A.B. 246, which would have restricted automated research calls. MRA covered this legislation in the December 2009 and May 2010 Legislative Updates.