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House committee votes to stop COVID lawsuits

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A bill to stop opportunistic COVID-19 lawsuits has passed another hurdle toward passage. On March 25, a committee in the Missouri House of Representatives voted in favor of Senate Bill 51. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer and championed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is a critical effort to protect Missouri […]

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Clarifying workers’ compensation law

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This Monday, a House committee on Workforce Development discussed a proposed bill that would help to more clearly determine when a work injury is compensable under workers’ compensation law. Freshman lawmaker Rep. Alex Riley, a Republican from Springfield, is sponsoring the legislation. HB 1265 clarifies the definition of “prevailing factor,” which would be used to […]

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Statement: New task force to help strengthen Missouri’s recovery

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Gov. Mike Parson has announced the formation of a new task force to help strengthen Missouri’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special focus on helping small and minority-owned businesses access the state’s vital economic development tools. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is assisting in the formation of the Show Me […]

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President/CEO Statement: Gov. Parson uses $300 million to stop a job-killing tax increase

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Gov. Mike Parson has revealed that he is utilizing $300 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to support the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. This move, advocated for by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will help prevent a tax increase on employers across Missouri, helping employers focus their resources on re-opening and getting Missourians […]

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Igniting Missouri’s workforce in the wake of COVID-19: Annual statewide Workforce2030 Conference going virtual

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As Missouri seeks to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear that more must be done to help workers upgrade their skills so they are qualified for available jobs. Despite high unemployment numbers during the pandemic, many Missouri employers still lack candidates with the right talents. Workers who find themselves unemployed or underemployed in the […]

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Water infrastructure upgrade bill passes committee

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A Senate committee has given the thumbs-up to a bill that would help our state’s aging water and sewer systems to be upgraded and repaired in a proactive manner, ensuring these vital services will continue to be able to meet the needs of businesses and residents. Senate Bill 44 is sponsored by Sen. Bill White. […]

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Creating a renewable gas program in Missouri

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Legislation under discussion in the Capitol that would require the Public Service Commission to adopt a renewable natural gas program for gas corporations has passed committees in both the Senate and House. This would allow for the deployment of technology to capture methane gas to be used as biogas, a renewable source of energy. The […]

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Senate unanimously passes bill to expand apprenticeship access

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A bill the Missouri Senate passed unanimously this week would align Missouri’s 529 college savings plan rules with federal law that was recently changed to allow these accounts to pay for apprenticeships and student loans. Senate Bill 152 is sponsored by Sen. Denny Hoskins. “The Missouri Chamber strongly supports this bill as it will enable […]

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Legislature makes major progress on Wayfair legislation

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Missouri retail businesses are forced to compete at a big disadvantage against many internet sellers that are not required to collect sales tax on goods sold in our state. Missouri is one of the few states that has not yet passed a law to put brick-and-mortar businesses back onto an even playing field with online […]

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Transportation funding package earns final Senate approval, Missouri Chamber praises bill sponsor Schatz

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Today the Missouri Senate gave final approval to Sen. Dave Schatz’s (R-Sullivan) transportation funding package. This legislation, which would provide more than $500 million annually in additional funding for MODOT to put toward roads and bridges, will now go to the House for consideration. “Investment in our transportation infrastructure is an investment in our future,” […]

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