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Missouri Chamber Foundation awarded $6 million to expand tech industry apprenticeships

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The Missouri Chamber Foundation has been awarded $6 million to expand apprenticeships in support of our state’s fast-growing technology industry. This Industry Driven IT Apprenticeship Grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor. On Feb. 18 the department announced 28 grants totaling nearly $100 million through the Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program. The […]

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House passes Narcotics Control Act

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On Feb. 17, the Missouri House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 1693, which would create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. Missouri is the only state in the nation that lacks a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, often simply referred to as a PDMP. These programs serve as critical tools physicians and pharmacists […]

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Watch: Rep. Rehder discusses PDMP legislation

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Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) is sponsoring House Bill 1693, which would create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program to combat Missouri’s opioid epidemic. Rep. Rehder is a 2019 Missouri Chamber Business Champion.  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) is sponsoring the bill’s counterpart in the Senate, Senate Bill 677. You can send a message to your legislators […]

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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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