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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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House passes license reciprocity bill

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A bill to expand Missouri’s occupational license reciprocity laws has passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 2046 would allow skilled professionals who are already licensed in another state to come to Missouri and fill open jobs right away. “It is a worker freedom bill. It is an opportunity bill. It is a way for […]

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Retaining Missouri’s young workers with a student work-study program

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The Missouri Chamber’s Workforce2030 Report revealed Missouri lags behind other states in its growth of number of young workers, a demographic critical to our labor pool. While the nation is expecting modest young-worker growth of 4.4 percent over the next decade, Missouri is expecting only 2.5 percent growth of its 25 to 44-year-old population. And […]

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