Missouri Business Headlines

Senate passes redistricting fix

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Lawmakers are making progress on legislation that would empower voters to stop a radical redistricting scheme currently being implemented in the state. On Feb. 10, the Missouri Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 38 and sent it to the House for consideration. If the resolution receives final passage from the legislature and is approved by voters […]

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Protecting the arbitration process in workplace disputes

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When a dispute arises between a business and an employee, arbitration is a fair, low-cost tool that both sides can use to reach a resolution without turning to the courts. This system helps resolve disputes in an efficient and cost-effective way. Because of these benefits, many companies ask their employees to sign an agreement that […]

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Improving the process for Missouri judicial selection

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A Missouri Senate committee is discussing a bill to improve the way the state fills judicial vacancies. Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby), a 2019 Missouri Chamber Business Champion, is sponsoring Senate Joint Resolution 39 to give the state’s judicial selection commissions the authority to send an uncapped number of qualified judicial candidates to the governor for consideration, […]

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Restoring fairness to civil actions

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To ensure justice in all civil actions, all involved parties should have a voice in the discussion. But under current Missouri law as interpreted by the courts, an insurance company only has the right to defend themselves in a lawsuit, not in arbitration. This unfairness is heightened by the fact that some courts have interpreted […]

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Bringing transparency & fairness to asbestos litigation

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A House committee heard a bill on Feb. 4 that would stop trial lawyers from “double-dipping” in asbestos lawsuits. There is concern that trial lawyers are depleting asbestos trust resources — and also going after companies that are increasingly peripheral to the allegations of asbestos exposure. House Bill 2139, sponsored by Rep. David Gregory (R-St. […]

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Fixing the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act

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Intended to protect consumers from unfair practices, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) is being twisted by plaintiffs’ attorneys to file huge lawsuits over superficial issues — such as having too much air in a food package. This is due to amendments and court decisions eroding the law over the years, allowing lawyers to recruit […]

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Creating reasonable time limits for Missouri lawsuits

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In Missouri, companies can be held liable for products sold decades ago — even if they aren’t the original manufacturer. Current state law on this issue creates a major burden for retailers, who may be forced to indefinitely defend products if the company that made the product has gone out of business. On Feb. 4, […]

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Senators voice support for sending redistricting back to voters

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Lawmakers made strong progress this week on legislation that would give voters a chance to revisit a radical redistricting effort currently being implemented in Missouri. The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to Senate Joint Resolution 38, sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, a Republican from Cosby and a 2019 Missouri Chamber Business Champion. If passed […]

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Expanding on-the-job training for licensed occupations

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Today, nearly one in four occupations require licensure. And obtaining an occupational license in Missouri requires hundreds of hours of education, which can be a costly and time-consuming barrier for many Missourians who want to enter a licensure-based profession. Rep. Derek Grier, a Republican from Chesterfield, is proposing an alternative pathway to licensure that would […]

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