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House committee passes paycheck protection

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A Missouri House committee passed a bill to make it easier for public employees to opt out union membership and paycheck deductions that fund their union’s political advocacy work. House Bill 1413, commonly called paycheck protection, was passed 7-3 by the House Economic Development Committee on Jan. 23. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jered […]

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Work on arbitration reform continues in House, Senate

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A Missouri House committee has passed a bill to help preserve arbitration as a fair, low-cost tool that employers and employees can use to resolve disputes without turning to the courts. House Bill 1512 successfully passed committee on Jan. 22 and is on its way to the House floor. You can read more about that […]

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Bill would protect businesses from lawsuits over unpreventable crimes

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It’s a nightmare for any business leader to see their company turned into a crime scene. However, many Missouri business leaders aren’t aware that in the wake of a tragic event they are actually in danger of being held liable for these criminal acts. Senate Bill 608 sponsored by Sen. Denny Hoskins, a Republican from […]

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House begins work to end lawsuit venue abuse

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The Missouri House began its work on joinder and venue reform on Jan. 22 when House Bill 1578 was heard in committee. The bill would help stop out-of-state cases from clogging Missouri courts. The state’s current venue laws make it too easy for trial attorneys to move cases to Missouri in hopes of taking advantage […]

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Bill would stop double-dipping on asbestos claims

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Rep. Bruce DeGroot, a Republican from Chesterfield, has introduced a bill to prevent unfairness in asbestos claims.  House Bill 1645 would prevent the current practice of double-dipping that depletes limited trust fund resources to the detriment of future claimants. During the bill’s first hearing on Jan. 16, DeGroot said that the current laws have led […]

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Protecting the arbitration system with HB 1512

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When a dispute arises between a business and an employee, arbitration is a fair, low-cost tool that both sides can use to reach a resolution without turning to the courts. Because of this benefit, many companies ask their employees to sign agreements that ensure arbitration would be the first option if a dispute arises. But […]

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Students, teachers tout computer science during Capitol Code Day

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This week at the Capitol, Missouri high school students visited with lawmakers to showcase their coding skills. Taylor Northern, a freshman at Bolivar High School, is already looking forward to a career in a computer science related field. “I like the fact that it makes me feel like I can do something for the future […]

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Confirmed: Senate approves Rob Dixon, Anna Hui as department heads

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The Missouri Senate has confirmed Rob Dixon and Anna Hui as directors of two departments that are critical to the future of the state’s economy. Dixon will serve as director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development and Hui is now the director of the Missouri Department of Labor. Both have led their respective departments […]

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Momentum builds for Missouri tax reform

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Two tax reform Senate bills were discussed in committee on Jan. 16 which are designed to reduce the tax burden on businesses and individuals in Missouri to grow the state’s economy and competitiveness. Senate Bill 611 is sponsored by Sen. Andrew Koenig, a Republican from Manchester. Main provisions of SB 611 include: Reducing the corporate […]

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Paycheck protection discussion begins in House committee

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A Missouri House committee has begun work on a bill to ensure that public employees have an easy way to opt out of union membership and stop any paycheck deductions that might fund the union’s political advocacy work. Rep. Jered Taylor, a Republican from Nixa, sponsored House Bill 1413, which was heard in the House […]

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