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Protecting Critical Infrastructure

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On Feb. 27, a Senate committee heard a bill to strengthen penalties for tampering with critical infrastructure facilities. “This bill would protect both under-construction and operational facilities in the state of Missouri…electrical power generators, various natural gas stations and fiber optic lines, pipelines, storage related to water facilities, things like that,” said Sen. Lincoln Hough, […]

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Senate committee considers Expanded Workforce Access Act

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Who would you prefer to provide you with a service — a worker who has been to school in their area of study for a certain number of years, or a worker who is apprenticed and has been working hands-on in that field for the same amount of time? According to one poll, says Sen. […]

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Senate supports critical venue reform bill

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Following a lengthy debate, the Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a bill that’s considered a cornerstone of the legislature’s work this session to reform the state’s legal climate. Senate Bill 7 addresses a longstanding issue which allows lawsuits with little-or-no connection to Missouri to be filed in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis and Kansas […]

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Senators share MMPA reform ideas

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A Missouri Senate committee has heard a trio of bills aimed at stopping abuse of the state’s consumer protection act. Today, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act is being used to file huge lawsuits against companies over superficial problems — such as having too much air in a candy package. The MMPA was originally enacted to […]

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Legal reform bill passes House committee

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Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer’s House Bill 231 has been voted through House committee. The bill fixes a loophole in the joinder process, which trial lawyers are currently exploiting to bring a flood of out-of-state cases into Missouri’s most plaintiff-friendly courts. The Missouri Chamber has held a longstanding position in support of this reform. Our state has […]

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Senate committee approves bill to stop asbestos claim “double-dipping”

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A Senate committee has approved a bill to stop trial lawyers from “double-dipping” in asbestos lawsuits. There is growing concern that trial attorneys are depleting asbestos trust resources while also suing companies that were peripheral to the asbestos exposure. Senate Bill 69 would address this problem. “We have attorneys that are naming, say, hardware stores, […]

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House committee considers bonding for bridge repairs

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With transportation funding remaining a critical need in Missouri, a House committee is exploring a proposal to use bonding as a way to speed up repairs to 250 bridges. Gov. Mike Parson proposed the bonding idea during his State of the State address in January. It would provide $351 million to repair bridges across the […]

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Enabling benefit corporations to form in Missouri

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Today, 34 states allow businesses to structure themselves as benefit corporations. This arrangement allows companies to be categorized somewhere between a strictly for-profit business and a non-profit, community-minded organization. House Bill 555, which would allow benefit corporations to be established in Missouri, was heard in House committee on Feb. 11. The Senate version of the […]

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Protecting Missouri’s constitution from out-of-state interests

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“The [initiative] petition process was originally conceived as a citizen-driven grassroots way for Missouri to change the law. It was envisioned as both difficult and rare. Currently, it is neither. Rather, it has become just another battlefield in the partisan wars driven by national politics and funded by national groups and interests,” said Sen. David […]

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House committee hears bill to end joinder abuse

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A flood of out-of-state cases in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis and Kansas City courts has been clogging our judicial system, costing Missouri taxpayers and delaying justice for Missourians who properly filed their cases. Our state has been repeatedly listed as one of the worst Judicial Hellholes in the country due to the litigation hotspots caused by lax joinder […]

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