February 9, 2023 Less than a minute read

Missouri Chamber applauds House on passage of crime bill

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry praised House lawmakers on the passage of HB 301, legislation with several provisions to address the multi-faceted and complex issue of rising crime. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Lane Roberts (R-Joplin).

“Enough is enough,” said Dan Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Our crime rate is holding our state back. The negative national attention stalls economic growth. But most importantly, the day-to-day impacts on Missouri lives and communities are unacceptable. Something must be done. We are encouraged by lawmakers’ quick action on this growing problem. We applaud the courage of Rep. Roberts in sponsoring the bill, and we applaud the leadership of Speaker of the House Dean Plocher (R-St. Louis County) and House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Patterson (R-Lee’s Summit) for making this a priority.”

Several provisions of the bill are recommendations from a public safety report the Missouri Chamber released during the summer, Safer Missouri, Stronger Missouri.

Addressing crime is a leading priority of the Missouri Chamber this legislative session. More than 500 businesses and business leaders have signed the Missouri Chamber petition urging lawmakers to act on public safety measures this legislative session.


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