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In historic vote, Missouri Senate passes statewide PDMP legislation

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After years of efforts to pass legislation creating a statewide prescription drug monitoring program to address Missouri’s opioid crisis, the Missouri Senate passed House Bill 1693 on March 12 — an important step forward for the safety and health of communities and businesses across the state. Until now, Missouri has been the only state in […]

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More than 500 attendees gather for STEM Day at the Capitol

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Hundreds of students, education supporters and business leaders gathered at the Missouri Capitol Rotunda on March 5 to celebrate the state’s growing math and science efforts. The annual STEM Day at the Capitol event, hosted by the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Mathematics and Science Coalition and Verizon, showcases the many career opportunities STEM education provides. Throughout the day, […]

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Senate bill would expand licensing opportunities via apprenticeship programs

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Apprenticeships are a system of training that helps employees gain skills and experience in a specific field. Senate Bill 877, sponsored by Sen. Eric Burlison, would give apprentices greater ability to earn licensed credentials through an alternative training pathway. “Apprenticeships can help provide opportunities for people to learn in a very practical way and allowing […]

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What Missouri employers need to know about coronavirus

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The Missouri Chamber has stopped updating this story. Click here for the latest updates on COVID-19. 3/9/20 UPDATE Missouri leaders and health officials announced Missouri’s first confirmed case of coronavirus on Saturday, March 7. The St. Louis County woman who contracted the virus had recently returned from Italy. Health officials report that the patient and […]

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Senate passes key legal reform bill

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would enact commonsense reforms to our state’s lax punitive damages system. Senate Bill 591 is sponsored by Sen. Bill White (R-Joplin), a Missouri Chamber 2019 Business Champion. Being unfairly sued is an especially acute concern for businesses in Missouri, which suffers from one of the nation’s worst legal […]

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Senate committee passes license reciprocity bill

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It’s a commonsense idea: If you’ve earned a professional license in another state, you shouldn’t have to start over from scratch when you move to Missouri. However, many professionals coming into our state currently have to complete redundant training and often face a long wait before being able to work. A bill aiming to address […]

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Senate committee considers bill to protect franchise relationships

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Established business relationships between franchisees and franchisors have been at risk of being negatively impacted by changes to the joint employer standard at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The key to franchising has historically always been that a franchisor and franchisee are distinct legal entities, with the NRLB only counting two separate businesses as […]

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Senate Committee passes PDMP legislation

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For years there have been numerous attempts to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, or PDMP, in Missouri. On Feb. 24, the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee held a hearing on a PDMP bill that had previously passed the Missouri House. After the hearing, the committee passed House Bill 1693, carried […]

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Using business experience to fix Missouri’s teacher shortage

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Missouri public schools play a huge role in developing the state’s workforce of the future. However, an ongoing teacher shortage means many Missouri schools are facing workforce issues of their own. According to a 2019 report, there are more than 3,500 positions in our state’s public schools that are either unfilled or being filled by […]

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