Advocacy

Policy Councils

The Missouri Chamber Policy Councils, led by member volunteers, help define our policies on issues that are critical to your business or organization. Our policy councils meet throughout the summer to lay out legislative priorities for the upcoming year. We encourage anyone interested in taking an active role in shaping issues that impact your business to apply.

Civil Justice Council

The Missouri Chamber Civil Justice Council advocates for common-sense changes to Missouri’s business litigation environment that help ensure businesses are treated fairly in Missouri courts.  The council reviews current case law and litigation trends, and makes policy recommendations to protect Missouri businesses. In recent years, the council has helped shape Missouri law in the areas of tort reform, labor law, joint and several liability, rules of evidence, non-economic damage caps and more.

Economic Development and Small Business Council

The Missouri Chamber Economic Development and Small Business Council promotes sustainable economic development opportunities for Missouri employers, both large and small. The Council advocates investment and management of those key assets necessary for continued economic well-being of Missouri, such as infrastructure, education, job training, technology, energy and financing. The Council is actively involved with economic development stakeholders within the legislature, government agencies and in the private market.

Education and Workforce Development Council

The Missouri Chamber Education and Workforce Development Council advocates for programs and policies that ensure the state has a workforce that is prepared for the future global economy. Our agenda includes initiatives that encourage Missouri students to take more rigorous classes, including math, engineering, technology and science. The Education and Workforce Development Council also ensures that business concerns are considered as education public policy is made in state government. In addition, the council encourages business participation in education matters.

Environmental and Energy Council

The Missouri Chamber Environmental and Energy Council is responsible for developing policies that promote a balance between sound management of the state’s natural resources and economic development. The council reviews proposed rules and analyzes legislation to determine effective policy. The council also discusses practical ways to ensure a positive energy future and promotes the exchange of information on economical methods of environmental control.

Health Care Council

The Missouri Chamber Health Care Council develops policy recommendations on all health care issues, including increasing access to affordable health care coverage and promoting consumer-driven health care programs. The Health Care Council monitors ongoing trends in the health care industry and promotes the development of market-driven solutions to the ongoing challenges of rising health care costs and uninsured Missourians.

Human Resources and Labor Relations Council

The Human Resources & Labor Relations Council advocates policy in the areas of workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and labor relations, to name a few. Each of these areas are critical for Missouri employers, and this council has the potential to impact millions of dollars in Missouri employers’ bottom lines.

Taxation and Fiscal Policy Council

The Missouri Chamber Taxation and Fiscal Policy Council works for a tax climate that is conducive to the expansion and growth of jobs. The Taxation and Fiscal Policy Council advocates sound state and federal tax revisions, including responsible governmental spending policies. The council is involved with state agencies to guide tax rulemaking. In addition, the council monitors judicial action on tax policy.

Transportation Council

Transportation is a critical factor in maintaining the future economic vitality of Missouri. One of Missouri’s strongest economic development tools is our central geographic location supported by a strong transportation infrastructure. The Missouri Chamber Transportation Council ensures that the voice of business and commerce is heard when transportation policy is being debated in Jefferson City.

To apply for one of the policy councils, please contact Angie Hayes, at 573.634.3511 or ahayes@mochamber.com.