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Challenging circumstances, strong results as the 2020 legislative session ends

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There was a bright outlook in January as Missouri lawmakers arrived in Jefferson City for the 2020 Legislative Session. The state had low unemployment and an expanding economy. But by mid-session, Missouri experienced a diametric shift as the COVID-19 crisis sent the economy reeling. But rather than yield to these challenging circumstances, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry worked with lawmakers to advocate for legislation that will help move the state toward an economic rebound.

“It’s hard to imagine a more challenging set of circumstances than what the business community and Missouri lawmakers faced this year,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “When the Missouri Chamber defined our legislative priorities late last year, no one was anticipating having to confront a global pandemic and a profoundly-damaging economic pause. We ended up losing weeks of critical legislative time. Yet, during this downtime, we surveyed our members, researched leading policies and established a Uniting for Recovery plan to move our state forward. We encouraged lawmakers not to let the session slip by without using this opportunity to pass policies that will help put the state on a positive path for recovery. As a result, the legislation passed in recent days confronts some of our state’s biggest challenges as we continue to confront the COVID-19 crisis. The Missouri Chamber and our state’s business community owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to our lawmakers who returned to work under difficult conditions to ensure the 2020 session was a success.”

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Yet, much work remains as the recovery continues. The Missouri Chamber will continue to advocate for additional reforms that were not completed by session’s end, including offering critical protection for businesses from an expected wave of COVID-19 liability lawsuits.

More resources:
Return to Work Guide
Uniting for Recovery: An COVID-19 Economic Response Agenda
Coronavirus resources for businesses
#BuyMo to support local businesses

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