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Challenging circumstances, strong results as the 2020 legislative session ends

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There was a bright outlook in January as Missouri lawmakers arrived in Jefferson City for the 2020 Legislative Session. The state had low unemployment and an expanding economy. But by mid-session, Missouri experienced a diametric shift as the COVID-19 crisis sent the economy reeling. But rather than yield to these challenging circumstances, the Missouri Chamber […]

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Lawmakers pass bill to improve Missouri’s gas infrastructure

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Natural gas is a critical resource that most Missourians and businesses rely on as part of their daily lives. It’s an essential fuel that enables heating and cooking at homes and businesses across our state. Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill to update the state’s laws relating to natural gas to help ensure continued safe, […]

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Amendment 1 revisions will be on November ballot

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Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that will give voters an opportunity to revise the redistricting and ethics reforms of Amendment 1 (dubbed “Clean Missouri” by supporters), which voters passed in November 2018. Senate Joint Resolution 38, sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, a Republican from Cosby, puts the issue on the November 2020 ballot. If approved […]

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Lawmakers pass legislation to help expand broadband access

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The Missouri legislature has passed a bill to help expand broadband access in Missouri. The bill extends the state’s broadband grant program through 2027. It also enables the state to retain any federal dollars it receives for building out rural broadband if a particular provider is unable to fulfill its commitment to utilize those funds. […]

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Setting the stage for workforce recovery: House Bill 2046 sent to Gov. Parson

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More than half-a-million Missourians have lost their jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. As the state works toward a strong recovery, Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation to help create more flexibility in the state’s workforce and enable greater career mobility. House Bill 2046 has been sent to Gov. Mike Parson following final […]

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Reforming Missouri’s job-crushing legal climate: Lawmakers pass SB 591

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Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation to bring much needed reforms to Missouri’s legal climate. After receiving final approval from the House of Representatives, Senate Bill 591 now goes to Gov. Mike Parson to be signed into law. Our state’s legal climate currently ranks 44th in the nation according to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal […]

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Lawmakers set to pass state budget

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The Missouri General Assembly is working today to finalize the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in Missouri led to significant changes in the budget as the session progressed and the economic crisis worsened. Here is an overview from the budget that has been approved by a conference […]

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Nearly two thirds support stopping COVID-19 lawsuits

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A new poll shows strong support for enacting limits on speculative lawsuits hoping to cash in on the COVID-19 crisis. According to the poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans agree that companies should be protected from lawsuits related to coronavirus exposure. Only 27% of Americans oppose taking steps to stop these lawsuits. The poll was conducted […]

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Legal reform package nears finish line

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Final passage by the full House of Representatives is the only hurdle remaining for Senate Bill 591, a critical bill that would make long-needed reforms to Missouri’s legal climate. A Rules committee approved it on May 8 after House committee passed it on May 7. The legislation would fix problems with how punitive damages are […]

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Seven pro-business priorities for the final week of session

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The Missouri General Assembly lost weeks of their 2020 session this year as the state responded to the coronavirus crisis. However, with just one week remaining before session adjourns on May 15, lawmakers have several critical pro-business bills well positioned for passage. Here are seven important proposals that the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry […]

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