Missouri Business Headlines

Congress passes American Rescue Plan

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A vast federal coronavirus relief package was passed by Congress on March 10. The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill is considered to be one of the largest-ever economic stimulus packages in U.S. history. The congressional legislation includes multiple provisions of interest for the business community including additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and the […]

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Missouri Chamber opposes extreme bill jeopardizing intellectual property of manufacturers

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In recent years, supporters of so-called “Right to Repair” laws have been pushing the idea that farmers can’t repair their machinery without access to its code and software. This inaccurate idea has resulted in bills filed across several states that would grant unrestricted access to manufacturers’ proprietary embedded code. Now this discussion has come to […]

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Bolstering Missouri’s apprenticeship career pathways

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Despite high unemployment numbers during the pandemic, many Missouri employers still lack candidates with the right skills. As our state seeks to grow its economy and recover from the impacts of COVID-19, workers who find themselves unemployed or underemployed need upskilling and re-skilling opportunities. For many, apprenticeship can be the answer. This valuable career training […]

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Senate passes bill to stop opportunistic COVID-19 lawsuits

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A critical bill to protect Missouri employers from COVID-19 exposure lawsuits has been passed by the Missouri Senate. By a vote of 20-13, the bill now moves to the Missouri House of Representatives. Senate Bill 51 would stop lawsuits targeting businesses over alleged exposure to COVID-19. Since March, more than 1,000 COVID-19 lawsuits have been […]

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Legal reform update: Legislation would improve fairness

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Missouri has made good progress in recent years to help level the playing field for businesses in the state’s courtrooms. But legal climate rankings continue to put Missouri’s civil justice system among the most unfair to business defendants. The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform ranks Missouri 44th in the nation for lawsuit climate. Meanwhile, […]

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Employee or contractor? Bill would bring clarity

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The rise of the gig economy and contract-based projects can sometimes create tricky situations for employers when it comes to classifying some workers as employees and others as independent contractors. Sen. Bob Onder is working to bring clarity to this situation in Missouri with his Senate Bill 148. The legislation would set out a clear […]

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Reforming Missouri’s initiative petition process

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In recent election cycles, Missouri’s initiative petition filing process has become a free-for-all. While only a fraction of petitions actually made it onto the ballot, some of those that did created concerns due to the complexity of the issues and confusingly-worded ballot language. Poorly written petitions often create years of tax dollar funded litigation if […]

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Leveling the playing field to help Missouri’s brick-and-mortar businesses survive a global pandemic

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Missouri retail businesses face a big disadvantage against many internet sellers that are not required to collect sales tax on goods sold in our state. The Missouri Chamber is advocating for legislation that will put brick-and-mortar businesses back onto an even playing field with online sellers. Lawmakers must pass legislation requiring internet retailers doing business […]

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Establishing Targeted Industrial Manufacturing Enhancement Zones

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Sen. Lincoln Hough is on a mission to create TIME Zones in Missouri. Don’t be misled by the acronym; his bill has nothing to do with how people set their watches. Rather, TIME stands for Targeted Industrial Manufacturing Enhancement. These economic development zones would be similar to Missouri’s existing AIM (Advanced Industrial Manufacturing) zones, which […]

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