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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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Unemployment and returning to work

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As businesses begin to reopen after the conclusion of the Stay Home Missouri order on May 4, many employers have questions about calling staff members back to work who have been unemployed and collecting benefits. This scenario has become problematic for some employers as federal legislation has provided for temporarily enhanced unemployment benefits. In some […]

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Uniting for Recovery: Senate passes workforce provisions to aid economic revival

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The COVID-19 health crisis has left 450,000 Missourians out of work and created significant new challenges for employers seeking to reopen their doors. In an effort to aid this recovery, the Missouri Senate has passed an important bill to help create more flexibility in the state’s workforce and provide greater career mobility. House Bill 2046 […]

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Lawmakers consider HB 1768 to help Missouri expand broadband access

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Missouri is ranked 42nd nationally in access to broadband internet, according to the Missouri 2030 Dashboard. With the understanding that broadband is a critical resource for growing businesses, the Missouri legislature is considering a bill to help Missouri retain any federal dollars for building out rural broadband if a particular provider is unable to fulfill […]

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Congress passes additional $484B in coronavirus relief

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After money for the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) was quickly depleted following the passage of the CARES Act, on April 24 President Trump signed a bill with another $484 billion in additional coronavirus relief funds approved by Congress. The PPP was allocated $310 billion, $60 billion of which […]

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