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Missouri Senate passes one-time transportation funding boost

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The Missouri Senate has passed a measure to provide a $350 million boost to transportation infrastructure repairs in Missouri. The plan, reached in compromise following weeks of discussion, would spend $50 million in the upcoming year to supplement the state’s transportation revenues. The state would borrow an additional $300 million for transportation needs if Missouri […]

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House committee approves punitive damages bill

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Trial lawyers in Missouri are all too often using the threat of costly punitive damages to help drive up payouts from businesses. On April 10, A House committee successfully passed House Bill 489 sponsored by Rep. Bruce DeGroot which would curb the overuse of punitive damages in Missouri. The bill also prevents employers from being […]

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House committee gives thumbs-up to small franchisee protection bill

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After passing in the Senate in February, a Senate bill to clarify the employment relationship in the franchise model got approval from a house committee on April 9. Sen. Bob Onder’s Senate Bill 38 addresses a 2015 decision by the National Labor Relations Board which created legal peril for small local companies by replacing a […]

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Missouri Senate moves forward on extraordinary transportation funding measure

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With our transportation system now ranking 48th in the nation in revenue per mile, the Missouri Senate is taking steps to devote additional state resources to speed up critical repairs. With their work on Senate Concurrent Resolution 14, the Senate is taking action toward creating a new, limited revenue stream to help address some of […]

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Missouri House passes bill to enable public marketing of MEWA health insurance plans

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The Missouri House of Representatives has passed a bill that would enable Missouri businesses to find out about lower-cost, high-value health insurance options available in the state. House Bill 942, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann (R-O’Fallon), allows multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) health insurance providers to publicly market approved MEWA plans. In response […]

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One Start bill obtains first round of approval in Senate

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On April 10, the Missouri Senate perfected a bill to streamline and improve the state’s existing workforce training programs. One of Gov. Parson’s priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 184 sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford will make Missouri’s jobs training resources easier for employers to use, implement performance-based funding instead of a flat fee, and allow […]

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2019 Show-Me Manufacturing Video Competition Winners Announced

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“What’s so cool about manufacturing?” That’s the question that teams of high schoolers across Missouri set out to answer as they collaborated with manufacturers in their communities to go behind the scenes and film manufacturing in action. Their goal? To win first prize in the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Show-Me Manufacturing Video Competition […]

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Senate committee votes yes on slack-fill lawsuit bill

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A bill to curb frivolous slack-fill lawsuits in Missouri has passed the Senate Committee on Government Reform and can now proceed to the Senate floor. On April 9, the committee voted out Senate Bill 498, which was put forward by Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Republic). “We call ourselves the Show-Me State but unfortunately, Missouri has become the […]

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Statement: Appeal denied, businesses cannot fund own PACs

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A ruling from the state’s Western District Court of Appeals continues a confusing situation for Missouri businesses — they can set up their own political action committees, but cannot fund them. The situation stems from a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2016. The Missouri Ethics Commission subsequently released an opinion that interpreted the language […]

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2019 Leadership Missouri class kicks off in Jefferson City

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Missouri leaders are gathering in Jefferson City to begin an intense, seven-month program that will take them to communities throughout the state. Founded in 1990, Leadership Missouri identifies current and emerging leaders, enhances their leadership skills and deepens their knowledge of the state’s opportunities and challenges. The 2019 program begins on April 9 in Jefferson […]

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