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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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Lawmakers may ask voters to revisit Amendment 1’s radical redistricting

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During the 2018 election, Missouri airwaves were filled with advertisements about an innovative ballot measure that promised to clean up state politics. The multi-million-dollar campaign — bankrolled by out-of-state, anti-business activists — focused on how the Amendment 1 would restrict lobbyist gifts and campaign contributions. The proposal was dubbed “Clean Missouri” and won many endorsements. […]

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Addressing the opioid crisis with a PDMP

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Proposals to combat Missouri’s opioid epidemic with a prescription drug monitoring program return to the state legislature again this year. Missouri is the only state in the nation that lacks a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, or PDMP. This program would serve as a critical tool physicians and pharmacists need to identify patients who “pill […]

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Senate committee votes on punitive damages bill

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A key legal reform bill is on the move in the Missouri Senate. On Jan. 22, a Senate committee passed a bill to enact common-sense reforms to Missouri’s lax punitive damages system, which is currently open to abuse that unfairly drives up payouts from businesses. The bill, heard on Jan. 14, will next be added […]

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The Census is coming — Your businesses should care

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In just months, the 2020 Census will begin tallying Americans. While the work of counting citizens and gathering information about them may not seem especially exciting, the end result has a profound impact on the business community and our state as a whole. The state’s Census results can have an important role in government planning […]

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Governor, lawmakers show resolve to fix Missouri’s legal climate

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Gov. Mike Parson and Missouri lawmakers are wasting no time in getting to work to bring fairness to our state’s courtrooms. In the second week of the 2020 Legislative Session, two hearings were held on important legal climate reform bills. Meanwhile, Gov. Parson highlighted the issue in his annual State of the State address. “The […]

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