March 30, 2023 Less than a minute read

Missouri Chamber leading the fight against workplace vaccination mandates

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues to fight against government overreach as lawmakers work to advance legislation that would undermine vaccination policies set by private employers.

This week, the Senate Emerging Issues Committee heard SB 201, sponsored by Sen. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville). This bill would prohibit private businesses that serve the public, including hotels, gas stations and other retail shops, from requiring documentation of COVID-19 vaccination for access. It would also require private employers to provide exemptions to vaccination requirements for nearly any reason without proof.

The Missouri Chamber is opposing this legislation, along with all efforts by state government to mandate workplace vaccination policy.

Our position is simple: Let business decide.

“Every employer is different, and we believe they know best how to run their own business. Today you’re talking about workplace vaccination decisions, but this is a slippery slope. What could be next?” said Kara Corches, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber. “It’s important to also remember that we are an at-will employment state. This means the employee and employer can end their working relationship at any point, as long as they’re not under contract.”

Shannon Cooper also testified against the bill, representing the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

“For the vaccine or against the vaccine, we think the folks paying the freight ought to be the ones who set the workplace standards,” Cooper said.

For more information, contact Corches at or 573-634-3511.

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