April 18, 2023 2 min read

Missouri’s Top Job-Killing Business Mandates

With just four weeks left in the 2023 legislative session, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has identified the top job-killing business mandates under consideration in the General Assembly.

These bills reflect a disregard for the regulatory challenges employers of all sizes face, and the Missouri Chamber is calling on lawmakers to put an end to these job-killing proposals immediately.

Click here to use the Missouri Chamber Legislative Action Center to contact your legislators.

1. Extreme Labeling Requirement

  • Key Bill: HB 1169 by Rep. Holly Jones (R-Eureka)

HB 1169 would impose new, extreme labeling requirements on Missouri products, including food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. This anti-science legislation would drive up food prices, set up the potential for massive lawsuits and have a chilling effect on economic development in the state.

2. Workplace Vaccination Mandates

  • Key Bills: HB 336 by Rep. Mitch Boggs (R-LaRussell), HB 700 by Rep. Bill Hardwick (R-Waynesville), HB 1187 by Rep. Brian Seitz (R-Branson)

Despite being three years removed from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers continue to disregard Missouri’s free enterprise system in their efforts to mandate workplace vaccination policies. Each of these bills establishes a pathway for job-killing lawsuits against employers with vaccine requirements. The Missouri Chamber’s position is unchanged: Let businesses decide what their vaccination policies should be.

3. Burdensome E-Verify Check

  • Key Bill: HB 188 by Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis)

HB 188 would require all employers to use the burdensome federal system known as E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of new hires. It also requires employers to submit legal immigrant employees’ information to a Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations database that would be created by this bill, and it establishes a new Class D felony for instances of non-compliance. The Missouri Chamber believes all employers should follow federal immigration laws, but the method of verification should be up to individual employers.

4. Government Overreach into Private Companies’ DEI Activities

  • Key Bills: Language added to every budget bill by Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs)

Rep. Richey’s language bans state government spending on staff, vendors, consultants and programs associated with diversity, equity and inclusion. If passed, this will bring Missouri’s government to a grinding halt. The language threatens a countless number of existing state contracts with private sector companies that provide vital services for Missourians.

If you have questions on the Missouri Chamber position on these bills, please contact a member of our governmental affairs team:

Kara Corches, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, kcorches@mochamber.com

Phillip Arnzen, Director of Legislative Affairs, parnzen@mochamber.com

Heidi Geisbuhler Sutherland, Director of Legislative Affairs, hsutherland@mochamber.com


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