Missouri Chamber asks Gov. Parson to sign priority legislation to aid economic recovery
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging Gov. Mike Parson to sign four priority bills, including legislation that will help the state’s economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In letters delivered to Gov. Parson, Missouri Chamber President and CEO Daniel P. Mehan asked the governor to sign Senate Bill 591, House Bill 1768, House Bill 2046 and House Bill 2120. The legislation covers a variety of topics that are vital to our state’s economic future at this time of recovery, including:
- Improving our legal climate to ensure Missouri is business-friendly and welcoming for job growth during the recovery phase.
- Helping Missourians get back to work by creating more flexibility in the state’s workforce and enabling greater career mobility.
- Expanding broadband to help more Missourians and businesses remotely access the online economy and educational opportunities.
- Ensuring the safety and reliability of our natural gas infrastructure.
“When the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Missouri this spring, the Missouri Chamber, Gov. Mike Parson and state lawmakers quickly refocused our efforts on mitigating the health crisis and setting the stage for our economic recovery. While the pandemic shortened our annual legislative session, we still were able to pass several bills that will have a positive effect as we move forward,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We now urge Gov. Mike Parson to quickly sign these bills into law and help our state move forward as we seek to safely open Missouri businesses and get Missourians back to work.”
The Missouri Chamber also continues 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. The Missouri Chamber is asking Gov. Parson to call lawmakers back to Jefferson City for a special session on this topic.